I’ve been meaning to start a similar thread. Gonna try and get the money my former housemate owes me. I’ve looked into the small claim site, their guidance doesn’t mention anything about sending a letter of ‘notice of action’ but cab et al say it’s important, I sent an email giving a three week deadline about a month ago, is that enough? What kind of evidence do I need, bills, bank statements showing I paid the bills, messages where he accepts liability? Also I don’t want to use my new address, just not comfortable with him knowing where I live or knowing I’ve left the G as he might think he can slunk back. If I use my parents address would that be ok or would it invalidate my whole claim?
have you tried the post office?
Do you have his new address? If so, I would send a “final” letter by recorded delivery and email. Obviously keep the reception and proof of delivery. Be clear in it what he owes you and what for and that if he doesn’t respond by the xxth October you’ll be filing a claim.
For the address, maybe go with TTF, c/o TTF’s Parents?
these aren’t essential for submitting a small claim but if you want to have any chance of your claim being upheld then yes you’d need some, if not all of these
Cheers, It’s weird how the governments money claims website doesn’t actual give any guidance on this
as mentioned above it’s probably worth speaking to citizens advice and having them at least look over your claim form before you submit it, presuming your “letter before action” doesn’t have the desired effect
have you gone through your deposit scheme’s ‘ADR’ process? we’re currently waiting to get to the end of the 20 day period after our landlord just refused to give us a quote for what we owed meaning we couldn’t have the deposit released. not convinced they’re gonna respond to the ADR so i guess i’ll be writing them a letter threatening court action next week…
Unfortunately as mine was a lodging agreement rather than an Assured Short-hold Tenancy, the landlord was not obliged to use the deposit scheme. I am hoping that because there was no inventory at the start, she won’t be able to evidence that any damage to the room was caused by me.
My understanding is that if they wish to make deductions for cleaning etc, they need to provide quotes from companies etc. Although as yours doesn’t seem to be replying at all, this may be seen as favourable towards you if it gets to small claims.
Frustrating isn’t it?