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benefits cheat tenant
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I am one of the many non-resident BTL landlords who had an unknown tenant with a fraudulent lease placed in my property by Oliver-Knights in 2014. I was forced to honour this 3 year lease with all the attendant problems of ad hoc rental payments and a trashed unit. The tenant has aggressively refused to disclose any information on past rental history and the “lease” had a paucity of information – it merely mentions she is the tenant. 

The tenant was served with a Notice 21 and Notice 8 two months before the lease termination date and immediately stopped all rental payments. I am presently pursuing an eviction order against her. Fortunately, the agent I have appointed to assist me in this regard, is the same agent who evicted her from the unit next door to mine before she gained possession of my property. This not only aids my case but I am  finally privy to who she is and her past rental history.

It transpires that the tenant is a serial “professional” tenant who take advantage of the data protection and indulgent tenant laws in the UK to derive the maximum amount of free accommodation from landlords. She is a benefits recipient who claims benefits for inter alia ; single unemployed mother and housing. She does however reside in my unit with her long term partner who is the father of her 5 year old child. This is not noted on the lease. I believe another adult relative also resides in my apartment. 

My question to the forum is ;

Am I able to report this tenant to the DWP, not only for being a fraudulent claimant, but also to lodge a claim against her housing benefits to settle her outstanding rental which is presently in excess of GBP12000.00?

I have already uploaded the tenants rental behaviour to Tenant Referencing but I am the only landlord to have done so. As the tenant has accumulated a litany of outstanding judgements and costs to her detriment – I find it extremely irresponsible of other landlords not to have done the same. If she does a “runner” after her deliberately orchestrated postponements of my eviction court dates, as per her usual modus operandi of claiming unmerited defences which she fails to produce evidence for,  she will merely become the nightmare tenant for another unsuspecting landlord. There are more than sufficient bogus agencies in the UK to facilitate her continual abuse.

At the very least I hope I am successful in being awarded a CCJ against her. I know I have no recourse to getting my unpaid rental or property damages from this tenant. 

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