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  1. "I mention "tenants in occupation"" as now you have left it seems, to me, that your position is considerably weakened - " Really?? I specifically waited until leaving to pursue compensation, as I feared the landlord would try to evict me if I kicked up too much of a fuss while living there. In doing this I was following advice posted on sites like shelter, which point out that there are no laws against retaliatory eviction in this country. So: can't make a fuss while living there, and have no chance of success once I've moved out? Sounds like something from Catch-22. "how much of th
  2. Good for you for caring about principle! So much money is lost to tenants in this way - because it's usually easier to just let it go. Stand up for us all! My agreement, which I think is fairly standard, has a clause saying that the inventory costs must be shared between the landlord and tenant. However, in the pre-moving-out bumpf they just sent me, it states that these costs "may be higher than our original estimate" (no specific figure was ever given for check-out costs). It explicitly says on the ombudsman's website (of which my agents are a member) that they can't levy charges wh
  3. Hello, hope some one out there can help me with a query. I have just moved out of a property, after the worst letting experience of my 13 year "career" as a tenant, and would like to claim compensation from my landlord for a number of issues (these include damage to my property by his contractors, damp, insanitary conditions, failure to ensure safe, quiet and peaceful environment, and failure to repair appliances in a reasonable time). Do I need to raise these issues when settling up the deposit, or can I wait until after the deposit has been settled, and then claim for compensation separ
  4. Hey Your experience sounds strangely familiar. My friend had a similar experience in small claims with a judge flouting really standard conventions (e.g. that landlady must provide evidence of damages, apportion costs etc). Everyone we consulted afterwards agreed that it was very unusual behaviour. Don't suppose you remember judge's name? Initials? Just curious!
  5. (edit) Site for rating your current and past landlords' performance. I tried posting this link on another thread but it was "un-approved". Not sure why; I thought it was a great idea. Apologies if i'm doing something wrong by recommending it.
  6. Hello there, I'm a tenant in a block of flats managed by a property management company. I recently sent a letter to the private housing team at my local council to complain about an incident involving falling glass from building work. The council referred me to the health and safety exectuive, but I have just received an email from the HSE saying that they won't deal with my complaint. The complaint, and the response from the HSE are copied out below. Does anyone have any advice on what I could do next? Is there any other body that could deal with this? It just doesn't seem right that the
  7. Following the last post, does anyone have any advice or guidance on how to construct formal requests for compensation, what type of problems can I be compensated for, and how much I should ask for for each problem? Is it possible to claim for distress? Also, just to be clear about the notice issue: I did send the agency a letter (on Nov 26th) but they claimed not to have received it in time (although I can show from my computer records that I created the letter on the 26th). As I sent it in the post, and therefore cannot prove that they received it, I just assumed that I would have no com
  8. Hey, Called the council and apparently no permission is needed, as it does not actually affect the building - just the area immediately outside On the previous occasion, the landlord initiated a project which resulted in loads of noise, scaffolding being left on the front and the back of my building for months blocking out the light, the loss of my back yard, building materials falling into my yard, damage to my property (plants) and contractors opening my windows from the outside and leaving my possessions exposed. I was given no warning and could not access accurate information about
  9. Hey, thanks for the reply! Previous experience with my landlord suggests that unless he is legally obliged to do something there is 0% chance that he will do it - in fact even when obliged he often tries not to. So asking nicely is definitely not an option i'm afraid! The planned works are going to be extremely noisy and last for several weeks. I haven't received anything in the post about them - I found out from one of the other property owners in the building. Is there some way I can find out whether planning permission was required and/or granted, and if so, could I use this info
  10. I am currently in a tenancy on a rolling contract. Within a few months of first moving in, scaffolding was put up on the front and back of the building and stayed there (along with noisy building work) for 18 months. I was furious that my landlord did not warn me that he was planning this. I have now found out from a neighbour that more loud works are planned for the beginning of next month. Once again, no warning from landlord. I want to move out before the work starts, which is in early Jan. My next rent payment is on Jan 1st. Can I leave in early January, or can the landlord insist that
  11. My dishwasher is broken and my landlord won't fix it. When I took on the flat, the landlord agreed to have a dishwasher fitted, in exchange for an extra £30 on the rent. There's nothing in my tenancy agreement which says that I'm responsible for fixing it myself (the only thing in the agreement is a sentence saying that it is his responsiblity to repair electrical appliances). He says it is a luxury item and that he therefore has no time limit in which to fix it (i.e. he's not ever going to). Last time there was a problem with the flat (black mould in the bathroom and food coming out of
  12. Thanks for the info. Do I have the right to insist on the changes to the tenancy agreement without paying the charges though? If not, then it looks like the situation is pretty hopeless for me.... Can't believe I have to choose between forfeiting the agreement or paying the fees. Actually I can, but its outrageous, which is why I wanted to draw it to the attention of the OFT.
  13. Thanks everyone, Unfortunately I think I'm going to have to pay the fees for the moment, as the agents won't go ahead with anything until I've done that, and both the old tenant and the new one have a pressing need to get the tenancy agreement sorted. I'd still be keen to try to get the money back afterwards though, and/or to try to do something to get this practice stopped, as with bank charges. The agents have treated me with complete disdain throughout my tenancy, so I know that they won't listen if I simply tell them to give the money back because it's unfair. I suspect that
  14. Hi there - I'm in a similar position, and have recently posted on this. I'm thinking of contacting OFT about it, but not sure how to proceed. Would be grateful and interested to hear whether you ever went to court and what the result was. Also would be curious to know which estate agent you were with!
  15. Hello there, wonder if anyone has any advice about letting agents. My flatmate and I signed a joint tenancy agreement for one year last October. My flatmate decided that he wanted to move out 5 months early as he was moving city for a new job. The letting agents had already charged us £75 (+VAT) to "draw up" (i.e. print out) the contract in October. When I found a new tenant I contacted them to ask them to switch names on the contract. This time they asked for an additional £75 (+VAT) to change the names, £40 (+VAT) to check references, and then an additional £25 (+VAT) for "admin". This
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