In theory, yes. If you are evicting a tenant for non-payment of rent you can also ask the judge to grant a repayment order for any unpaid rent owed by the tenant.
Unfortunately, the actual success rate for getting a tenant to repay rent arrears, even after a court order has been granted, is incredibly low. The vast majority of landlords will end up taking the hit on any unpaid rent.
For this reason, you may want to look into some of the Rent Protection or Rent Guarantee insurance products available for landlords. Rent Protection Insurance will protect your income in the event that your tenant can't or won't pay the rent. There are some great policies out there - TheHouseShop's Rent Protection Insurance will cover your full rental income, provide £100,000 worth of legal expenses cover should you need to evict a tenant, cover 75% of the rent for up to 2 months post-eviction to allow you time to find new tenants AND give you access to a free legal advice helpline. On top of all this, there's no excess to pay when you need to make a claim!
Find out more about TheHouseShop's Rent Protection Insurance here: Rent Protection for Landlords
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