I moved out of my council flat 8 months ago, now the council have contacted me saying I owe them £200 in back rent. Now I don't mean to be a little suspicious but shouldn't they have contacted me sooner? I left them clear forwarding addresses and to be perfectly honest I know I paid my rent up to date and handed my keys in on exactly the right day so I'd dispute owing even 1 pence. What are my rights? I've asked them to prove by dates how I owe them rent and I've told them that I won't be stumping up the cash in 14 days even if they can prove it (which I doubt). After 8 months I feel it's a bit cheeky to land this on me. I've NO PROBLEM paying my bills but I honestly don't believe for one second that I owe a penny I haven't given them ANY details of when I moved out, I want them to prove I owe them money! They didnt' even send this letter to the right address, it's by luck I got it. the flats been rented out to someone else in the meantime and I think they only recently moved out.. and perhaps they've contacted me in error. Regardless, give me proof!