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  1. Yes, that exactly what I expected. Thank you guys. I passed your words to him. He seems to hesitate now. By the way, what do you mean "seized"? Taken from him forever? How hefty do you think the fine could be?
  2. So, as far as I understand , his Russian licence is not valid for driving here. I knew it, I just wanted you to confirm it. Actually that was what I told him, but he says that he is not going to take a driving test here while his Russian licence is not expired. He said that even if caught by police he is sure that they can't do him anything serious. So, the question then is: what the police can do if they catch him driving?
  3. A guy from abroad, from Russia, has been staying in England for several years. Lately he decided to buy a car. He's got only Russian driving licence. So the question is as follows: Can he buy a car and drive without a British driving licence?
  4. Well, thank you everyone, but they rejected next time I can post here a scanned image of their reply if anyone is interested
  5. Thank you Stigy and Signaller, I'll definetely keep you updated. Signaller, I can imagine how many excuses you heard!
  6. Thank you for the reply. I had no illusions before I decided to post my question. Your answer is very reasonable and is just what I expected to here. So, as far as I understand, I still have a chance for refund as a gesture of goodwill from the company. Iven if they won't I would not have any grudge against them as I understand that they are not under any obligation to refund in this case. But at least I know that I tried to do evreything possible to get my money back.
  7. Good morning everyone! What have happened to me today on the train is described below in the text of the appeal I have already sent from here: Independent Revenue Collection and Support™ My question is: do you think they will refund me the penalty fare that I have paid or not? Dear Sirs, A terrible mistake happened today. The day before yesterday, on Sunday, I topped up my oyster card for a weekly ticket for zones 1-3 starting from monday 22/02/2010. The situation is as follows: today, 23/02/2010, I took a wrong oyster card to travel from Maryland to Manopark. That was my room mate's oyster card, I took it by mistake and found myself in a shamefull situation when the card was checked on the train and it turned out that it was not my card and there were only 80 pence balance on it... The collector wrote down in pen on the notice that the wrong oyster card number is 0xxxxxxxxx x4. I want you to know that the number of my valid oyster card, which I left at home by mistake, is 0xxxxxxxxx x8 I want to stress that it is very stressfull for me as on Sunday I already spent £30.20 to top up a week's travel card and today I paid 20 pounds charge. I'd like to ask you to please refund me the 20 pounds because in fact I have a valid oyster card, but couldn't have provided it today because of that mistake of mine. Thank you very much. I would be very obliged if you respond to me as soon as possible and we could sort out this awful ambiguity. I don't know what to expect. Please tell me your vision of situation. Is there any chance for a successefull refund or there are no grounds for it at all? Any comments would be appreciated.
  8. Bedlington83, Steve M, MrShed, Thank you very much guys! Now it's all clear to me.
  9. What is the way then to evict them legally if they always pay their rent on time? Oh, as my friend just told me, the LL says that he has the written agreement (my friend is listed in it) ending on 31 of march... That's really funny, coz my friend says that he never ever signed any agreement with the LL:D
  10. They(not me, I do not live there at all) moved in at different times. People who live there are unrelated tenants.
  11. Thank you!(glad to see you here as well:)) I got your point. My friend told me that the LL says he has the AST in written form and my friend's name is listed in the agreement. I don't know yet what kind of agreement is that, but my friend definetely didn't sign any agreement and has never seen it. I'll keep you updated as soon as I get more information.
  12. No, the Landlord doesn't live at the property. The rent is £120 for a room per week.
  13. The situation is as follows: My friend has been renting a room in a house with several other unrelated tenants. Noone has a written agreement with the Landlord. My friend pays his rent on a weekly basis and has 2 weeks deposit (the Landlord didn't protect deposits of any of the tenants). A guy representing the Landlord comes every week and collects the rent money from the tenants. Lately the Landlord decided to evict everybody and sent an SMS to everyone saying they must move out in 2 week's time. My friend doubts that he'll be able to find a proper place during such a short period of time. So, how he can object to the Landlord's decision? What notice should the Landlord have sent instead of those funny SMSs?
  14. I wouldn't give up that fast. Why don't you give him a written notice about the faulty facilities? Have you got a written AST with the landlord?
  15. I have still some uncleared questions: 1. Would the contents of this letter be to my advantage in court or would not? 2. Can this property be classified as a HMO or not if two other persons are brothers? 3. Should I sign the letter or is it better to just print my name, and why?
  16. Thank you hallowitch! I omited the sentence about it being an HMO as it will confuse them. HMOs can be rented jointly and I have been advised not to tell them at this point that it's an HMO anyway. Here's the new edition of my letter: Dear Mr XXX, I refer to your letter of 17/12/2009 which I received only on 27/01/2010 (or on 26th... As I am not sure of exact date, may be I'd better use jta's variant "In answer to your letter dated 17/12/2009" ?). Please take into consideration that I never agreed with the Landlord of rental property address (1 bubble gum road, ilford ig3 7hp) that I was going to be the only tenant of his property. It has never been agreed that I would be the sole tenant of this property. That's why I am surprised that your letter was addressed only to me. There are several unrelated persons living in the property. Everyone has separate oral AST agreements with the Landlord.The fact is that each tenancy has been agreed separately between Landlord & respective Tenant and no new Tenancy Agreement has been signed with all tenants each time the household composition has changed. As for me, I’ve always been renting a room and not the whole flat . Each tenant has a separate oral agreement with the landlord. I rent only one room within this property I want to stress the fact that I have recently been collecting rent from other tenants & passing it on to Landlord, but only on an informal basis to help him out, not because I had agreed to take on responsibility for the whole tenancy. Although I have been collecting the rents for the landlord recently, this has been on an informal basis and should not be taken to mean that I am agreeing to any changes in my status. If you want me to start dealing with you and if you want me to sign an agreement with you, you should accept all my amendments to the version of the tenancy agreement that you tried to make me sign. I hope you understand that I don't want you to change the terms on which I've been living at this property. The new agreement you have sent to me is unacceptable for the following reasons. 1. Unacceptability of the late payment charges 2. It doesn’t say anything about protection of my deposit 3. It doesn’t say that the LL will pay the CT and water charges. The most important of them is : one of the clauses should state that the Landlord will pay the council tax charges and water rates. This was part of the terms under which I accepted the tenancy and moved in to rent a room. As I am sure you must be aware, the LL is not allowed unilaterally to change this condition. I particularly draw your attention to the point about the Council Tax and Water rates being included in the rental figures. This was one of the reasons I took this tenancy in the first place, withut this I would never have been able to afford it. And of course, as you already know, I've never agreed with the Landlord to the late payment charges. So, why did you mention them in your letter? It is very odd and looks like you are trying restrospectively to impose changes on the terms of renting. As we (the rest of the tenants and I) already mentioned in the list of amendements, any charge for late payment will be accepted by us only if a clause stating a grace period (14 days minimum) is included. As there is no tenancy agreement in place with your company and myself I will be paying the landlord the rent until this matter is concluded to my satisfaction. Please send written acknowledgement of this letter and your intentions regarding the matters raised within 14 day of this recorded delivery letter. Sincerely yours, Mr Tenant
  17. Thank you once againe for your advice. I'd like to know what do you think if I give the agency the following reply to their letter( see post #31). Dear XXX estates staff, As you already know I could have read your letter much later than it is dated.That's why I'm replying respectively later. Please take into consideration that I never agred with the Landlord that I was going to be the only tenant of his property. That's why I am surprised that your letter came only on my name. There are several unrelated persons living in the property. Everyone has separate oral agreement with the Landlord.The fact is that each tenancy has been agreed separately between Landlord & respective Tenant and no new Tenancy Agreement has been signed with all tenants each time household composition has changed. As for me, I’ve always been renting a room and not the whole flat as it’s has always been HMO. I want to stress the fact that I have recently been collecting rent from other tenants & passing it on to Landlord, but only on an informal basis to help him out, not because I had agreed to take on responsibility for the whole tenancy. If you want me to start dealing with you and if you want me to sign an agreement with you, you should accept all my amendements to thaat variant of agreement that you tried to make me sign. I hope you understand that I don't want you to change the terms on which I've been living at this property. The most important of them is : one of the clauses should state that the Landlord will pay the council tax charges and water rates. This was part of the terms on wich I moved in to rent a room. Otherwise I wouldn't ever moved. And of course, as u already know I've never agreed with the Landlord to the late payment charges. So, why did you mention them in your letter? It is very odd and looks like you are trying to impose changes on the terms of renting. As we(me and the rest of the tenants) already mentioned in the list of amendements, any charge for late payment will be accepted by us only if a clause stating a grace period(14 days minimum) will be mentioned. Sincerely yours, Mr Tenant Mistakes correction wellcome
  18. By the way, 2 guys living in the other room are brothers. So, it means that they are related to ech other but not related to me. Can it be classified then as a HMO?
  19. it really looks like it is HMO. the question is how to prove it and when and where; what steps is better for me to do first
  20. And whose account I'd better pay the next month's rent: the agency's or the landlord's?
  21. Thank you. I knew it - the property we rent can be classed the property as a house in multiple occupation. So what's are my first steps then? What should I do: go to the council or wait untill the council send me a bill on my name?
  22. Hallowitch, I am very gratefull to you for your honest and helpful advice. By the way, there is a detail I'd like you to pay an attention to and comment on it. In december 2009 my landlord without letting me know gave the management of this property to an estate agency. So, on 17/12/2009 they gave me this letter: plus they wanted me to sign an agreement with them(as they represent my landlord). I told them that i'll sign the agreement only after I study it and after they edit it taking into consideration all my amendements. I gave them the list of amendements, they still didn't bring me edited copy but ask me to pay into their account. This month's rent I paid into the landlord's account as usual, thought they asked me to do so into their account. And now , on the 1st of february i'll have to pay my rent, but not sure into whos account: into the landlord's or into the agency's. The landlord says it is ok if I pay into the agency's account because he pays them money to manage his property. But I think I shouldn't do so as it would be one more evidence that I accepted that I am his only tenant. What do you think should I do? By the way, would it make sense to write a collective letter, on behalf of all the tenants of the property that we are not going to deal with that agency? Please read the last sentence of the letter. it says they will charge me for late payment, though in the first sentence they said "everything will stay the same". We've never agreed on any charges for late payement, that means that the agency introduces a new term in our oral agreament... What would you do if you were me?
  23. But, as for now, he isn't going to give my name as the only tanant. He is going to give the name of the guy who lived here before me! The problem is that this guy still lives in London and definetely will tell the council that it is me who lived there after him, he knows my full name.
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