Small Claims Proceedings Guidance
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If it is not necessary to obtain possession, a landlord may wish to make a claim under the occupation contract for debt using the small claims procedure of the County Court. The court will determine the amount awarded at the date of trial. If a claim is being made for interest on arrears, this must be stated on the claim form because interest will not be added to the debt automatically. If the sum is cleared and further arrears arise, it will be necessary to submit another claim.
The contract-holder typically pays the rent into the landlord or agent's bank account. The written statement of the occupation contract should stipulate the method for which rent is payable and how it will be collected. The tenant should consent if the collection is done by regular visits to the property.