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Man of Straw

  • Related to enforcement of a debt or in deciding whether to pursue a debt.
  • It is widely used in legal circles
  • A tenant man of straw, against whom a landlord wins a money judgement is unlikely to be able to repay in any event thereby questioning the viability of suing in the first place.
  • This said as a matter of principle a landlord may sue simply to set an example to other would be rent defaulters.
  • The cost of principles in court is usually paid for, not by the respondent tenant, but by by the claimant landlord.
Published: 28 September 2015 Last Updated: 18 November 2021