Your landlord has 14 days to respond to your claim.
Landlord does nothing
If your landlord does not respond to your claim within the time limits given, you can ask the court to consider the claim anyway and come to a decision. This is called asking for ‘judgment in default.’ If this happens, there won’t be a hearing and the judge will make a decision based on the information you have provided in your claim.
Landlord agrees with part or all of your claim
If your landlord admits that they owe you money they should complete an admission form with an offer of payment. You can then consider whether you accept their offer and complete the Notice of Admission.
The court will then decide whether to list a hearing.
You should carefully consider any offers your landlord makes you to settle the case, even if it is not the full amount you have claimed. The court may decide that you should have to pay some of your landlord’s costs for coming to court if you refuse what they consider to be a reasonable offer.
Landlord disputes your claim
The court will send you a copy of your landlord’s response form and tell you when to go to court for the hearing.
The court may also tell you to provide additional documents and give you a deadline for doing this. This could include any evidence that you want the judge to consider, including documents that you haven’t already sent in, and a written statement setting out the history of what has happened. Remember to include a ‘statement of truth’ on any witness evidence, stating “I believe that the facts stated in this witness statement are true” and make sure it is signed. The same applies if you have asked anyone else to do a witness statement to support your claim.
Usually the deadline for getting the information to the court is 14 days before the hearing.