Forms Under Defence for the Tenant

N9B - Defence and Counterclaim (Specified amount)

Fill in this form if you wish to dispute all or part of the claim and/or make a claim against the claimant (counterclaim). You have a limited number of days to complete and return this form to the court.

Before completing this form, please read the notes for guidance attached to the claim form.

Please ensure that all boxes at the top right of this form are completed. You can obtain the correct names and number from the claim form. The court cannot trace your case without this information.

How to fill in this form

  • Complete sections 1 and 2. Tick the correct boxes and give the other details asked for.
  • Set out your defence in section 3. If necessary continue on a separate piece of paper making sure that the claim number is clearly shown on it. In your defence you must state which allegations in the particulars of claim you deny and your reasons for doing so. If you fail to deny an allegation it may be taken that you admit it.

If you dispute only part of the claim you must either:

  • pay the amount admitted to the person named at the address for payment on the claim form (see How to Pay in the notes on the back of, or attached to, the claim form). Then send this defence to the court or
  • complete the admission form and this defence form and send them to the court

If you dispute only some of the allegations you must

  • specify which you admit and which you deny; and
  • give your own version of events if different from the claimant’s.

If you wish to make a claim against the claimant (a counterclaim) complete section 4.

  • Complete and sign section 5 before sending this form to the court. Keep a copy of the claim form and this form.
  • To start your counterclaim, you will have to pay a fee. Court staff can tell you how much you have to pay.
  • You may not be able to make a counterclaim where the claimant is the Crown (e.g. a Government Department). Ask at your local county court office for further information.

N9C - Admission (Unspecified amount and Non-money claims)

Before completing this form please read the notes for guidance attached to the claim form. If necessary provide details on a separate sheet, add the claim number and attach it to this form.

If you are not an individual, you should ensure that you provide sufficient details about the assets and liabilities of your firm, company or corporation to support any offer of payment made.

N9D - Defence and Counterclaim (unspecified amount, non-money and return of goods claims)

Fill in this form if you wish to dispute all or part of the claim and/or make a claim against the claimant (a counterclaim)
You have a limited number of days to complete and return this form to the court. Before completing this form, please read the notes for guidance attached to the claim form.

Please ensure that all the boxes at the top right of this form are completed. You can obtain the correct names and number from the claim form. The court cannot trace your case without this information.

How to fill in this form

Set out your defence in section 1. If necessary continue on a separate piece of paper making sure that the claim number is clearly shown on it. In your defence you must state which allegations in the particulars of claim you deny and your reasons for doing so. If you fail to deny an allegation it may be taken that you admit it.
If you dispute only some of the allegations you must

  • specify which you admit and which you deny; and
  • give your own version of events if different from the claimant’s.

If the claim is for money and you dispute the claimant’s statement of value, you must say why and if possible give your own statement of value.

  • If you wish to make a claim against the claimant (a counterclaim) complete section 2.
  • To start your counterclaim, you will have to pay a fee. Court staff can tell you how much you have to pay.
  • You may not be able to make a counterclaim where the claimant is the Crown (e.g. a Government Department). Ask at your local county court office for further information.

Complete and sign section 3 before returning this form.

Where to send this form

Send or take this form immediately to the court at the address given on the claim form. Keep a copy of the claim form and the defence form.

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