I have lived in the same flat for almost 3 years.
The property has just been sold to a new person.
I have most of my rent paid by my local council as I am on Jobseekers Allowance and I make up the remainder with my Child Tax Credits.
Not really relevant but my doctor would verify that I was very ill at one point, about 2 years ago, for several months – I couldn’t even get out of bed except to use the toilet – and I let all my benefits slip so my [£950/month] rent went unpaid for a few months. I am now fully recovered, thankfully.
Due to this I had agreed a plan in place and have been gradually paying off the arrears to my previous landlord ever since.
The new landlord says I now owe him the arrears. Is this correct and/or legal?
He has also said I have 14 days to pay it ALL [almost £800] or an application may be made for possession.
IF he is now owed the arrears, I don’t have the money and had an agreed plan which I was sticking to, so can he legally demand this?
I believe he wants to evict me so that he can put the rent up and re-let the property.
I’ve done nothing wrong but this is stressing me badly. I only want to carry on as I was before,
I’m panicking and very worried so all help would be appreciated.