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Request to pay rent arrears over six years ago

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I received a letter today from my housing association informing me that I was in rent arrears from a property which I rented with them over six years ago. I strongly dispute that there any arrears owing and I have contacted the housing association for information about this debt.

My question is, is there a time limit for requesting rent arrears? This letter came 'out of the blue' and it's the first time we have had any knowledge of alleged arrears.

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“Statute bar” ; 6 years since your last payment to them.

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Is that the last payment from my previous tenancy dwelling, the one that is now in dispute?  I have continued paying rent too date on the new tenancy.

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How much are the arrears,? six years might well be long enough to make them irrecoverable if they have only just informed you.


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31 minutes ago, brassnecked said:

How much are the arrears,? 

It's just over £70, not much I know but I am adamant that there are no arrears owing. 

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There was no housing benefit involvement?  Wonder if a weeks rent was forgotten by them during the change to new address.


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Hi

 

You need to challenge this with the Housing Association.

 

1. Have you been a tenant the entire time with this Housing Association from the disputed Rent Arrears to date?

 

2. Have you had any previous Rent Arrears issue with the HA previous to these disputed Rent Arrears?

 

Make a Subject Access Request to them for 'ALL DATA'.

 

Also in writing make sure to keep copies and get proof of posting as for the following:

 

1. Rent Statements for XX/XX/XXXX to XX/XX/XXXX (the period in dispute)
2. Customer Care/Standards Policy (not the leaflet)
3. Rent & Service Charge Policy (not the leaflet)
4. Rent Arrears Policy (not the leaflet)
5. Complaints Policy (not the leaflet)


(note the Policies when you get them make sure they were in force during the dispute period, check for a date when they were approved, if after the dispute period ask them for the correct dated one's)

 

If you have been a tenant of this Housing Association all this time including the rent arrears period then they have had ample time in which to inform you of the Arrears and should have followed their own Rent Arrears Policy in doing so.

 

Sounds like Maladministration by your Housing Association
 

 


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