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  1. Hello I rent a room in a shared property. On the 2nd of this month, I paid a month's rent in advance. I also gave my live-out landlord 28 days' notice to leave, as per my contract. Because I was reluctant to allow viewings of the room prior to me leaving the room, my landlord proposed a compromise: 'When I advertised the room last time, I was overloaded with enquiries and pulled the ad 2 hours later. There seems to be a serious shortage of rooms and flats. Many of the people wanted to move quite quickly. I would suggest that you secure somewhere then I place the ad, but you would need to let people see the room. Don't worry about giving 28 days' notice.' Today, having found a new place to live, I gave my landlord notice to leave on the 12th of March. He complained that this was short notice, and has not specified whether he will refund my advance rent payment on a pro rata basis. If my landlord does not issue a pro rata refund, would I be entitled to take action to recover the money, either via a tribunal or the small claims court? There is nothing specified in the contract about rent refunds. In case it's relevant, I live in scotland. Thanks. Jeff
  2. Hi Uncle Bulgaria If the meeting had been on Wednesday or later. to allow me time to prepare for the meeting and to arrange for someone to accompany me, I would have been given a month's notice rather than a week's notice. I was therefore thinking of seeking as compensation the difference between a week's notice and a month's notice. Jeff
  3. Hi Ethel Thanks for your reply. I'm not sure that's correct. I believe that, even though I have no comeback if I get sacked within the first 2 years of employment (with a few exceptions, such as discrimination), I do have a right for correct procedure to be followed. There is actually a precedent - from https://www.questcover.com/news/failure-to-comply-with-the-right-of-accompaniment/: 'In Collins v ILC Manchester Ltd t/a International Learning College 2013, the employee was two months into his probationary period and was called into a meeting. The employee wanted a companion to accompany him, but the employer refused and, at the end of the meeting, dismissed him. The employee complained to the employment tribunal that the company had refused him permission to be accompanied to a disciplinary hearing. The tribunal supported the employee's complaint and awarded one weeks worth of pay compensation. The tribunal refused to accept the employers argument that the meeting was not a disciplinary meeting (and so triggered the right to be accompanied) because the decision was already made before the meeting. The tribunal had also commented that it was not relevant to the statutory definition of a disciplinary hearing that the employee was in a probationary period.' Jeff
  4. I started in a new job on the 6th of January. On Friday afternoon last week, I had a chat with my company's MD, which raised concerns in her mind about my performance. As a result, she scheduled an early probationary review, scheduled for Monday morning this week. She informed me in the invitation letter which she sent on Friday afternoon that: - This was the only time that week that she was available. - I could be accompanied by a colleague or trade union representative. - If I was unable to attend, a decision could be made in my absence. On Monday morning, I had the meeting, and was dismissed for performance issues. Because I had worked there for less than 13 weeks, I will receive a week's notice. Had the meeting been held on or after Wednesday, I would have received a month's notice. The MD has since sent me a letter explaining the reasons for my dismissal, in which she states that I chose not to be accompanied by anyone. However, she had blocked my access to the company's email and Teams systems over the weekend, meaning that I could not have contacted a colleague in advance of the meeting to ask them to accompany me. Also, although I am not a member of a union, it is highly unlikely that I could have arranged for a representative to have attended at 9:30 am on Easter Monday when I only found out about the meeting on the afternoon of Good Friday. Do I have any basis for legal action, on the grounds that I was effectively denied the right to be accompanied to the meeting that is provided by the Employment Relations Act 1999? Also, would I have grounds for legal action on the basis that I was not given much time to prepare for the meeting, and the fact that I being denied access to the company's systems over the weekend made it harder for me to prepare for the meeting? Thank you. Jeff
  5. Hi Stu As far as I know, my former flatmate gave the correct notice, but I am not privy to that information. My former flatmate and I each had separate, independent agreements with the landlord. It was not the case that my ex-flatmate and I co-signed an agreement. Jeff PS I forgot to say - thanks for converting the images into a PDF.
  6. Hi 45002 Sure, please find attached. Thanks Jeff Private Residential Tenancy Agreement.pdf
  7. I currently pay my landlord £450 a month to rent a room in his flat (and to have use of communal facilities), and I am out of my minimum term. Until April, I was sharing with a flatmate, who was paying £425 a month. My landlord never sought to find a replacement for my former flatmate after he left. My landlord has recently decided that he wants to rent out the entire flat to one person or couple for £900 a month, rather than renting out the other room for £450 a month. I have told him that I cannot £900 a month rent (and, that withstanding, I am happy to just rent out the one room). As a result, he today issued me with a 3 month notice of his intention to increase my rent to £900. His argument is that, technically, when I moved in I was renting the flat and merely splitting the costs with my flatmate (even though there was an understanding that I had no right of access to my former flatmate's bedroom, and vice versa). As the going rate for renting the whole flat is £900 a month, he feels that his actions are reasonable. I feel that my landlord's actions effectively amount to an eviction. I am aware that I can appeal his rent increase, but is my appeal likely to be successful? In case it's relevant, I live in Scotland. Thanks Jeff
  8. I live in Scotland, and I am considering moving address, to a House of Multiple Occupancy. Nichola Sturgeon has just announced that she will be extending the ban on visiting other households. Would this prevent me from viewing a room in another house, as a prospective tenant? Also, would the ban prevent me moving into another household? Thank you in advance. Jeff
  9. It doesn't seem to say, but they are charging me 17.65p kWh. Is that the deemed rate? Thanks Jeff
  10. Until March, I shared my flat with a flatmate who had a contract with EDF, and he and I had an agreement that we would split the electricity bill 50/50 (with me paying him my share, and him paying EDF). In March, my former flatmate had to leave due to CV19. I had an agreement with him that I would pay him the cost of the electricity between when he left and when EDF stopped billing him due to him having informed them that he'd left. My flatmate recently informed EDF that he had left the property, and they have billed me £400 for the period between when he left and when he informed them that he'd left (which was late September). If they had sent my ex-flatmate a bill for £400, I'd have happily reimbursed him. However, I object to EDF issuing me with a bill when I'd never entered into an agreement with them (and when they only have my ex-flatmate's word that I was even occupying the property between March and now). Surely their agreement was with my ex-flatmate, so they should have billed him, not me. Am I liable for the £400 charge? Thanks Jeff
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