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Carry on at the courthouse

5 March 2012

One of my smaller, lower-value cases recently flared up. It was rather like the persistent, dull toothache, which I imagine prefaces an abscess. It concerns a property management business based in the North West, which was appointed by a private landlord from London to manage a house that she rents out in Preston. Once installed, the tenant persistently failed to pay her rent and allegedly kept several pets without the landlord’s permission. The landlord ultimately had to evict the tenant and pursued her through the courts for the unpaid rent plus compensation for damage to the house, cleaning and redecoration costs.

You may be wondering why, as a professional negligence solicitor, I am involved in this case. In short, the tenant was apparently sacked from her job for stealing, and now exists on benefits. This means that the judgment that the landlord obtained against her is not worth the paper it’s written on. Rather than stop there, the landlord looked around for another...

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