Distressed Over Defaulting Tenants A Happy Story of a Landlord
2 The Tenant told me about his financial difficulties that he would be expecting some money within a few days and promised to settle all of the rental in arrears. However that day never came. All the Tenant’s promises yielded nothing but disappointments.
Sub-Let Collecting Rentals and Pocketing Them
3 Apart from the rental in arrears, the Tenant had not been paying the utilities of the Property, to add salt to injury, the Tenant had “sub-let” the Property and was collecting rent from Third Parties without my consent and knowledge.
Writ of Distress & Eviction
4 Messrs Alex Chang & Co advised me to obtain a Writ of Distress against the Tenant and within a few weeks, a Court Order was granted. On the day of the seizure of the assets of the Tenant, we found out that the value of the assets in the Property could barely satisfy the rental and the utilities in arrears.
4.1 We proceeded with the seizure as my ultimate wish is the eviction of a defaulting tenant from my Property.
5 The Bailiff then informed the Tenant that unless payment is made to settle the rental in arrears, the assets in the Property will be sold in a public auction. Attempts to settle were made, again I ended in disappointment.
6 On the day of the public auction, again the Tenant pleaded for time however the Bailiff proceed with the public auction.
6.1 At the fall of the hammer all the possessions of the Tenants were sold to the highest bidder; I managed to clear the unit of the belongings of the tenant.
6.2 It was only an hour after the auction, the Tenant paid the total rental in arrears as per the Writ of Distress. But I apologised to him that it was just too late.
7 With respect to the Sub Tenants, I asked them to leave the Property as the Tenant had no authority to let the place to them without my consent and knowledge.
8 Shortly after the Auction the Tenant and the Sub-Tenants left the Property surrendering the Property to me which ended months of nightmare.
9 I would like to take this opportunity to gratefully thank Messrs Alex Chang & Co for planning and executing this matter expeditiously and finally bringing a close to this matter