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Discussion in 'Personal' started by NellyFUF, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    Any experience of this?
    X has acted as guarantor for child's rental of room.

    Child has problems with landlord (or agent) not sure which.
    Damp and rats etc.
    Cleaning - it is a huge shared property with multiple tenants and there is a cleaner. Cleaner leaves and child takes up this role being paid £50 a month -. The landlord stops paying this.
    Maintenance - this is not being done and things are getting a bit serious. The child complains and eventually complains very bitterly in writing to the landlord (or agent) about the maintenance company saying that the maintenance company are ripping the landlord off.
    The maintenance guy turns up and threatens child with violence.
    The landlord gives child notice to quit the room with around 2 months notice.

    The child has not being paying rent due to repairs not being done.
    Child has been to Citizens Advice and on their advice has begun proceeding via a solicitor re repairs and is in process of securing Legal Aid before taking landlord to court.

    The landlord then contacts X with a bill for £1,500 - as guarantor.
    Child says this is not the proper amount - it is not this much, and that they themselves ie the child, have the rent put by for when the court case is settled and the amount can be accurately calculated

    What does X do?
  2. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    Contact Citizens Advice and follow their advice.
    cissy3 likes this.
  3. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Don't ever be guarantor for child would be the first step.
    wanet likes this.
  4. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Or check whether their household insurance policy might cover some legal costs?
  5. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    In which case they may end up sleeping on the streets....
  6. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    X does not have problem finding the money as accepted that responsibility- however, how would it impact on the court case and so on.
  7. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    And child has the money too. Money is not the problem. It is procedures.
  8. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Yeah. I actually meant that as proper advice. o_O

    Guarantor can withhold rent if they want, but have to be prepared that the landlord may take them to court over it. They probably won't as a court date is approaching anyway and it would cost them money to do so. The child has done the right thing by keeping the money aside (probably best to put in a separate account to show its sole purpose).
  9. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Seriously though. Just listen to Citizen's advice on this one.
  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    X does nothing.

    Had the court already found against the child then X would be liable for the debt if the child could not repay.

    But that is not the case.

    I am assuming that, if the child were to have to pay the sum demanded, the money would be forthcoming.

    In the meantime there will be no bailiffs and no adverse credit report for X.
    wanet likes this.
  11. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Did the child report the maintenance company person who threatened them with physical violence to the police? I do hope so.

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