Can I go to court for this?
July 16, 2012 8:48 AM Subscribe
UK tenancy filter: I'm in a shared house. Our contract is up at the end of the month. Against my advice, a few of my fellow tenants are refusing to pay their rent for the final month - claiming they need the money to afford to move. They claim that the landlord will be able to take the arrears from the security deposit and that we won't be taken to court over it...
posted by anonymous to law & government (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I think this is a spectacularly bad idea for a number of reasons. But my real fear is that the deposit won't cover the cost of arrears + damages, and that our landlord could try and take all of us to court. THAT is the situation I really want to avoid - a CCJ against my name that will screw up my credit rating for years.
I pay my rent monthly directly to another housemate who pays the entire sum to the landlord. He's withholding the full amount this month, so my payment is just sitting his account. Apparently the landlord refuses to take partial payment.
This last month's rent is already more than 2 weeks overdue.
I guess my question is - will the landlord just take the rent arrears from the deposit and that'll be the end of it? What if the damages+arrears outweight the deposit? Can he take us to court then?
I am hopelessly confused and incredibly stressed out by this situation. Sorry if it's a bit muddled. I'm willing to write off the deposit just to get the hell out of this situation - but I just can't face going to court for something that is not my fault and out of my control.