Poor payer now been told if we evict him he will get council house

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Background
Standard shorthold tenancy, Studio Flat, Possession 1 April 2003,rent 250 pcm. Continues on periodic tenancy. 6 Flats in the block.

Over revent years problem with arrears, initally he caught up , last 2 years increasing arrears. Always hard luck story and we are persuaded to give him on more try.

17 Dec 2008 issued Section 8 with arrears 1100, and Section 21 with expiry 28 Feb 2008. He persuaded us to give him one more try.

Intermittent noise problems in recent years and staying guest (with social problems) - seemed to have calmed down and guest gone.

Arrears built up but recently working many hours and starting to reduce them.

8 Nov 2009 complaint from 2 tenants after affray in common entrance area, 7 Nov circa midnight with one of his visitors.
Visited tenant 9 Nov - Guest now back staying but he says not full time. He has been to council rent office. They told him to pay 10 per week - when landlord evicts him they will give them both a council house.

QUESTIONS
Is section 21 still valid - if it is that would seem to us the quickest way to get him out. Anything we should watch out for?

We propose Moneyclaim on line to claim rent arrears - hopefully before section 21 comes to court so we can get attachment of earnings (he has been with same employer for years)
As he is paying 10.00 per week (first payment received today) what figure should we put on claim (say his arrears are 1990 as of today, ie including Novembers rent..) - should we just claim for arrears till end of October - ie 1750.
We give him 7 days to make significant payment before filing claim.

Section 8 would be an alternative - is our original still valid - although from previous experience is slow and more complex.

Your speedy comments would be appreciated.

10/11/2009 00:00

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