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I took a year off to travel.

Let my flat to a building company as a company let, who used it to house employees.

Contract was for a year, they asked to stay longer, I agreed because I was enjoying myself.

However, rent payments became unreliable.

The company has now left the flat, unfortunately owing me £571.


Looking at the company records at Company House, no accounts have been filed for a few years, the registered company address is a house in Doncaster and every time I managed to speak to someone on the phone, it was a different person.


If I take this to small claims court, then win a judgement, how likely am I to see any money?


At least I can now live in my flat again, sleeping on a friends sofa isn't great!


If I've put this in the wrong forum section, please move.



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What is the name of the company?

You are absolutely right to be concerned about enforcement. People always think that they can go ahead and get a judgment and then everything will fall into place. Enforcement of judgements is one of the first things that people should think about.

How long is this money been outstanding? £571 plus the accumulated interest might take you to more than £600 in which case if you had a judgement you could try having enforced by the High Court enforcement officers – but even they may have difficulty.

You need to find out more about the company, do they have any assets

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It's a company called Hyper Construction of Doncaster.


As I speak, they're probably doing the same thing in the Swindon area, that's where the guys who lived in my flat said they were going next.


I know its not a lot of money, I'm more fed up that they'll get away with not paying their bills,  I'm sure if it was the other way round, a fleet of new Range Rovers would be outside with a gaggle of builders threatening me!


I'm sure any assets will be hidden, I'd hope that a CCJ may slow them down?



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The registered address of the company looks like a residential property.

If you go to the land registry web search service, you might be able to find out who it is who owns the address. It might be a reachable asset.

There would be a small fee for that search

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