Landlord obtains County Court Judgment against Karen Danczuk

Date published: 17 June 2015

Karen Danczuk, wife of Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, has been taken to court for non payment of rent by the landlord of her former shop, Danczuk's Deli, in Rochdale town centre.

A County Court Judgment (CCJ) for £2045.32 plus £217 costs was obtained by Steven Butterfield, the owner of 4-6 The Walk, against Mrs Danczuk.

Mrs Danczuk signed a five year lease in October 2013 but left the premises in January this year and wrote to the landlord saying she had transferred the business.

Mr Butterfield's solicitors, Ramsdens of Huddersfield, wrote back to Mrs Danczuk explaining there would need to be a formal deed of assignment between Mrs Danczuk and the new tenant and that could only happen with the landlord's permission, and even if the landlord agreed to such an assignment Mrs Danczuk's liability would not end, she remains liable for the rent should the incoming new tenant not pay.

Mr Butterfield says there has been no further communication from Mrs Danczuk.

The rent has not been paid at all so far this year and the arrears are accumulating at the rate of £2,000 per quarter.

Mrs Danczuk said: "I am in dispute with the landlord, I have taken initial legal advice and intend taking further legal advice. I hope to resolve this amicably in the near future."

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