I have just been contacted by a debt recovery company
rent arrears from a private landlord who we rented a property from which we left about 6 years ago.
at the time I lost my job and we got into a lot of financial difficulty and the rent was one of them,
we moved out of the property in May 2008 and went to stay with my mum for a few months to try and get sorted,
we then moved into a new rented property in October 2008
but the landlord is trying to claim that we were still there in October
and so adding another 7 months of rent onto the rent arrears we already had.
When we moved out in the May
we put the keys in an envelope with a letter stating that we had vacated the property
and put them through the letterbox at his home address
but he is still stating that we were there till at least October.
we have no way of proving that between May and October we weren't in the property,
I can't get a letter of proof from my mum as she died two years ago
and this is the first time he has been in contact for the arrears since we moved out.
I have the tenancy agreement and it was an assured shorthold tenancy for 6 months
from July 2005 to January 2006,
after this we just kept paying the landlord each month via standing order until we got into difficulty,
there was no renewal of the tenancy.
the debt collector is now phoning us at work and coming to the house
saying that the landlord is going to take us to court if we don't pay the £9500 he is asking for.
I really need some advice as my wife is distraught,
we have spent the last 6 years trying to get back on track
and clear our debts which we were well on our way to doing and now this,
I don't shirk my debts but I won't pay what isn't owed.
any help would be greatly appreciated.