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  1. Our landlord contacted us today and asked to have one of the utility bills in his name. He told us directly that this was because his mortgage lenders will charge him more interest and that if his name was on one of the utility bills, this would help him convince his lenders that he hasn't let the property. My flatmate and I are not getting involved in any of this. Anyone else got any similar stories or advice on anything we should look out for? Many thanks.
  2. My landlord regularly fails to pay his mortgage on time. The reminder letters arrive and I forward them on. I know that he has received letters I have forwarded on in the past and I don't have reason to believe he is in serious arrears. I have now received a letter from the mortgage lenders addressed to 'The occupier' that says that their mail is being returned. They have now asked for a contact name, address and tel no where they can reach him. They have also requested my tenancy agreement. (For the record, he used a letting agency to find a tenant (me) but the agency don't manage the pr
  3. Thanks for relating your own experience, ShortlyTdwarf. We are quite aware that production of an inventory is NOT our responsibility and that given that the LL and Agency do not have one, they can't prove that any problems with the checkout were caused by us. After all, there is no piece of paper signed by tenant and landlord in which we agree on the state of the property. In the end we have taken this action because there are a few things in the property that need some attention. Our hope is that this will first prompt the LL in addressing these things. Later (should there be any pr
  4. Thanks, Pebble. Our deposit is with the Deposit Protection Service and ,yes, we'll certainly be writing up a detailed inventory of our own and we had it independently witnessed, too. The flat certainly has issues so these things do need to be brought to the owner's attention. We'll also include a note that this inventory was produced because none was provided and that the landlord and letting agent were absent. All parties will get copies with a CD-Rom/prints of the photos. The landlord isn't local and I get the feeling that it will be difficult to deal with him if anything important arises.
  5. Just got the keys to a new flat today and fully expected to do an inventory check with the letting agent. However the agent told us that she had not been supplied with an inventory by the landlord. Apparently the agency was only responsible for finding tenants and are not managing the property for the owner. Anyway, she told us that there might be an inventory at the property (there wasn't) and if not, WE SHOULD PRODUCE ONE OURSELVES! Well, my housemate and I made notes on everything and took lots of photos but I don't think we'll be doing the landlord's work for him. So I'm curious as
  6. No disputing that, Mr Shed. I just wanted some background on the situation given that court proceedings are being mentioned. I hadn't noticed that nuggy had outlined the case in a different thread: http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/landlords-tenants/8760-letting-agent-not-returned.html
  7. You say that you were invoiced but did the letting agency actually provide receipts/other documentary evidence for the work that was carried out? If not, have you made a request? If they did the work, there should be a paper trail and you are entitled to see a full breakdown of what your money was spent on. If they can't provide that, then I can't see that they have a case for making deductions.
  8. Yes, very helpful. Thank you. It could be that everything is above board but I'll certainly be checking.
  9. Thanks, Rich. Sorry if I am being dim but just to clarify: A small firm with a turnover under £65,000 might not be VAT registered but is still liable for VAT and that VAT charge needs to show up on an invoice even though ther might not be VAT registered number on it. Is that right? I've looked at some of the HM Revenues and Customs web pages but the relevant info has probably eluded me.
  10. I appreciate the warning, gemmabe. I have finally got a copy of the invoice for cleaning. The total amount was for £225 of which £80 was paid by the landlord and £145 was passed to me and my housemates. The invoice istself is a generic-type that you might be able to buy in an office supplies store. All of the fields are completed by hand and there is no company logo or anything like that. For now I have two concerns: 1. I have a company name and an address (no tel no.) for the people who did the cleaning. So far I have not been able to find this company in any local directory or
  11. In my own ongoing case I have given my letting agency 10 working days to respond to my letters. If you haven't heard anything after that, write a second request that is strongly worded but be careful to stick to the facts and don't make any accusations. The third time you write (if necessary) might have to be a letter before action (LBA). Be sure to keep a full record of any contact (emails, letters, phonecalls). Am I right in thinking that no cheque has been issued to you so far? If so, does your contract say anything about how long it should take for the return of your money? If yo
  12. More info on the £9.25 p/h quoted by Knoxvillain can be found in the following threads: repairs - LandlordZONE Forums Court proceedings started - LandlordZONE Forums
  13. Thanks, Joan. Yes it is a strange set of affairs. He claims to have written to us shortly after my first meeting with him at the end of October. If he did, the letter wet missing. I will ask to see a copy and I fully expect he won't be able to produce it. In addition to this, when we didn't receive a response within 14 days to that first letter, a phonecall was made on my behalf by someone at an advice centre I went to. She spoke to another person in their office who claimed he had written to us the day before and the matter was closed. When the advisor asked him to detail what was in t
  14. Happy new year, everyone. It's been a while, but here's an update: I sent a second request letter to them by recorded delivery on 06 December but no-one was in to sign for it and no-one called Royal Mail for it. It was subsequently returned to me at the start of this month. This morning I hand delivered a letter attached and received a telephone call from the guy in charge this afternoon. He claims to have sent us a letter in response to our first visit at the end of October. He also said that the documention we requested is available in his office for us to see and has been for mont
  15. Thank you for that, Bankoff - that's very useful to know. I don't think that we'll use the VAT angle just yet but we'll keep that up our sleeve. One of my housemates has been away so we haven't sent the reminder letter, yet, but we will do this week. I don't think they do their own cleaning because they mentioned the name of a firm but we haven't found them listed in any directory. The more I think about it, the more I think something fishy is going on. We went there on 18 October to ask about the money and one of them went over to a file to check and he gave us a figure. The cheque wri
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