We'll pay £3,500 rent debt - spread over 37 years

We'll pay £3,500 rent debt - spread over 37 years

We'll pay £3,500 rent debt - spread over 37 years

First published in News

A FAMILY who were ordered to pay £3,500 after trying to sue their landlord have offered to pay their debt – over 37 years.

Zena and Derek Smith said they incurred massive bills because the central heating in their rented home in Queensland Drive, Colchester, did not work properly.

As a result, they withheld their rent.

During a court hearing in March, a judge agreed the rented home was “sub-standard”, but because they could not present a tenancy agreement for the whole of their stay, he ordered them to pay £3,500 in rent arrears.

The couple have now offered to pay landlord Choy Wong £2 a week.

Mrs Smith, who has now moved with her family in to another home, said: “As we thought it would, it came back saying it was not an acceptable offer, but it is all we can afford.

“We filled in our means forms, and with all the income and outgoings, and that is what it said we could give.

“They’ve said no, but since then we haven’t heard anything about it.”

She also criticised the ruling, adding: “It was not right, but unless you’ve got money, and we haven’t, it is very hard to appeal formally.”

Comments (6)

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6:53pm Mon 18 Aug 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Google " D.R.O "
Google " D.R.O " SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: -4

6:43am Tue 19 Aug 14

co2 says...

freeloaders on the scrounge-they could have moved out 2 years a go,these chancers tried to sue but it backfired,stop smoking and with the money you save pay what you owe.
freeloaders on the scrounge-they could have moved out 2 years a go,these chancers tried to sue but it backfired,stop smoking and with the money you save pay what you owe. co2
  • Score: 21

9:19am Tue 19 Aug 14

Mike112 says...

Don't they look sad and victimised ????
Don't they look sad and victimised ???? Mike112
  • Score: 12

8:23pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

Er...get a job?
Er...get a job? Suffolkcommuter
  • Score: 4

10:31pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Brown Envelopes says...

Paid in a Brown Envelope.
Paid in a Brown Envelope. Brown Envelopes
  • Score: -1

10:19am Wed 20 Aug 14

PaulWagland says...

Looks they they eat well enough.
Looks they they eat well enough. PaulWagland
  • Score: 2
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