So it transpires that my tenant has been claiming housing benefit for a considerable time & not using it for It's intended purpose, (Shock!) like giving it to me so HE can live in MY house!
So up to now he's lost me 5.5K in rent arrears & solicitors fees.
The nice lady at the council couldn't confirm whether or not he was actually claiming but said at one point, 'ok, I've stopped his payments from today'
As I said before, I wouldn't mind soo much if he'd made some attempt to pay & kept the property in decent condition. As it looks now I'll need to get the Deep Cleaners in, scruffy git.