Tenant claiming damages repairs he never told us about - has legal aid, face £25k defence at cou

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13 years ago
Where do I start! Out of blue after 5yrs tenant in property recieve a letter from his solicitor - asking compensation repairs, list of 10 items, 3 already completed others we had no knowledge of!!!also local council did an inspection - they commented on how nice property is and their report good (tenant complained to council that their report was not bad enough)- we offerd to resolve any issues,initially obstructed from doing repairs, but his solicitor eventually filed claim for compensation for repairs and included a surveyors report we had never seen with a new list of peripheral repairs!!! although against legal protocal as we had never seen surveyors report ! the magistrate still allowed it to be included. On day of decision for magistrate to decide fastrack or small claim court hearing(if small claim, tenant loses legal aid)his solicitor filed another list of repairs we had never been told about! days before the hearing!(Fast track tenant solicitor gets paid by legal aid) Guess what magistrate selected fast track and tenant solicitor warned for his conduct. We now have to either make offer to our out of work tenant, or defend at court - if we lose we pay £15k+for tenants solicitors costs, our legal costs and poss compensation if we lose. The tenants solicitor now saying he wants to include medical reports how tepairs affected their health. Has anyone had to go to court reference claim for repairs and if so what type of compensation has been awarded - we think we can defend with good witnesses but could be costly exercise. Any help, please,is legal aid being abused to make money for the legal elite, seems very one sided not done on truth,we have to prove he never told us!! In shock that this can happen...

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