I was sued without my knowledge

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I received a pack from a solicitor this morning for a claim for £17,000+ in expenses for a court case where one of my tenants prosecuted me for neglect of the property. I am to attend court this Thursday for compensation to be assesed and claimed between £5,000 and £15,000. I have already been found guilty as I never received any summons. Apparently the court summons was delivered in February to my property agent and because it was closed teh Royal mail delivered it to a neighbour. I never received it and knew nothing about this until this morning.
I have spent over £20,000 in repairs on the property and have always agreed to wors needing done as per request of the agent. Also I am sure I never signed the lease so it appears the agent never asked me to sign it but went ahead and renewed without my knowledge.
I am desperately upset over the injustice of this as I am a good landlord who most definitely cares about my tenants well-being. I am sure my agent has done the repairs as she is a kind and professional person. How can I be found guilty without me being informed of any legal proceedings? Surely the judgement will have to be recalled so I can argue my case? Is there any way my agent is responsible and not me? Is there any insurance as an RLA member that covers me for such a case?

21/10/2017 17:13

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