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Tenant on benefit left without notice

I had a troublesome tenant on benefit who I believe purposely moved out of the rented flat and informed the council but not me. Now the council want me to pay back £450 of housing benefit overpayment. He lied to them that he had given me notice and falsified a letter. The case is now with the Benefit Tribunal. Do you think I stand a chance of winning?

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It is, of course, always possible that he did write to you and that the letter never arrived, Unless you can establish that he had a history of this sort of thing, it is better to go for the non-arrival rather than the falsification of the letter. He should have sent it 'Signed For'. I presume that the contract was with him rather than the council. If it was the Council then they would be responsible for giving notice. Mike



Thanks Mike. The tenancy agreement was with the tenant and not the council. He may have sent it but I doubt it. He caused quite a lot of trouble during his stay and the housing office said he was a 'vulnerable' person. I'm not sure what that means but I think it may be mental health..... Nemi