A tenant (AST) left his Flat owing rent amounting to £4000 (having kept Housing Benefit/Universal Credit). During his tenancy on 16/03/17 Police were called to address (by tenant) and Police apparently acting under the authority of a Duty of Care to me instructed Rapid Secure Ltd to secure address. I had no knowledge of incident. On 08/05/2018 out of the blue, I received an invoice addressed to Owner/Occupier in the amount of £204.00 from Rapid Secure Ltd Debt Recovery. I contacted Police for further information and find a copy of the Crime Report would be £83.30. I assume, given that the tenant, had already frauduently, kept Housing Benefit amounting to approx £4000, was upto some insurance scam & duped police into attending the address claiming a break in. The tenant vacated the flat on the 04/06/2017. There was no evidence of any damage to the property other than the lock had been changed. Presumeably, by Rapid Secure Ltd. Am I responsible for the tenant’s debt to Rapid Secure Ltd? Rapid Secure Ltd claim as owner of the property I have to pay. Also, do I not have the right to know the full facts of the incident from both the police and Rapid Secure Ltd, if I am being held responsible to pay a bill I know nothing about? Alistair Graham.
Tenant Obligations (England)
Liability for Debt incurred by tenant – landlord Responsibility?
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