Possession Order, rent arrears and costs awarded

Paul acted, on a direct access basis, for a landlord who had been duped into signing duplicate tenancy agreements for a father and daughter who had then run up arrears of rent over an eighteen-month period.

Previous proceedings seeking possession had failed as a result of issues arising from the duplicate agreements and the tenant’s allegations of disrepair and unlawful eviction.

Paul was instructed to approve new Notices Seeking Possession, draft proceedings including a detailed Particulars of Claim and to represent the landlord at the possession hearing.

On the day of the hearing the tenant produced statements from herself and her father seeking to frustrate and delay the proceeding and repeating their earlier allegations.

Paul persuaded the District Judge to order possession of the property and to award the landlord a money judgment for the full arrears of rent and the costs of the claim.