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Flatmate leaves owing €800

My flatmate from Lithuania left owing €800. He won’t disclose his new address. How can I get my money. I am afraid he may go back to his country. Thank you.

You need an address to sue someone and that address has to be put in the civil summons.  This listener could find his or her flatmate through their job, but you do need an address.  If you can’t find the person you would have to apply to court for directions and the court might allow service of the proceedings on the employer or by advertising in the newspaper.

 

All is not lost, however, if the flatmate returns to Lithuania because you may be able to enforce the judgment in that country under EU regulations.  Or, alternatively, you could issue court proceedings in Lithuania because ultimately it is the residence of the person at the time of issuing the proceedings that is relevant.

 

That said, I feel that a debt of €800 may not be worth the time and expense that would be necessary to put into the pursuit of this claim.  Ultimately, when things go wrong where a relationship is built on trust and that trust is broken, the courts can’t always bring a financially satisfactory result.  In other words, you may eventually get your money but at what cost?

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