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#1 User is offline   Topher Bear 

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 12:21 AM

of all my searching this is the best place to go to find info on rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords:

The Citizens Advice Bureau AdviceSite

It doesn't really say any more than can be found elsewhere, but its all in one place and is reasonably easy to understand....you might be surprised to find out what is your responsability as well as what is your landlords!

Its a MUST for any tenant

Also here is a great source of first contact for when you have a problem

Shelter Housing Advice
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 12:50 PM

Topher Bear, on Feb 18 2005, 12:21 AM, said:

of all my searching this is the best place to go to find info on rights and responsabilities of tenants and landlords:

The Citizens Advice Bureau AdviceSite

It doesn't really say any more than can be found elsewhere, but its all in one place and is reasonably easy to understand....you might be surprised to find out what is your responsability as well as what is your landlords!

Its a MUST for any tenant

Also here is a great source of first contact for when you have a problem

Shleter Housing Advice
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Brilliant, thanks for this. Oddly enough, according to my tenancy agreement, I don't seem to be entitled to very much at all - hmm, funny that.
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Posted 25 August 2005 - 10:11 AM

Didn't know that Shelter provided advice too, that's useful to know.I also posted this on another thread - I found this invaluable when I had problems.

''[Aside from the CAB, try a] more specialist 'housing help' type centre, often run by voluntary organisations (subsidised by local authorities?), certainly in bigger cities, but possibly also in smaller places - look in your yellow pages under advice or similar.Even if there isn't one locally, just ring up and ask for some basic advice over the phone (white lie if you have to and say you live locally).These places are great - I've used one myself.The guy was fantastic, and they had access to a solicitor who specialises in housing law.All for FREE. If there really are problems, a letter or two from an organisation like that can really add weight to your case.I also tried my solicitor who gave me basic advice for free, but of course anything more than this gets expensive v. quickly, and there's no real need for it with the type of organisations I've mentioned around.'' ;)

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 11:41 PM

This has to be the defacto resource in respects to renting and Assured Shorthold Tennacy agreements.

It is produced by the Office of Fair Trading:

Guidance on unfair terms in tenancy agreements (Sept. 2005) oft356.pdf

It should be your starting place if you have any concerns about landlord / letting agencies practices, your rights as a tenant, and unfair terms in your tenancy that cannot be enforced in a court of law.

Hope that helps.

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 04:13 PM

You could always go to an estate agent. Lots of them can be very career driven with little time for advice and discussion, but there is the occasional nice guy out there. Try going to a smaller office on a weekday, late in the afternoon. They tend to be quiet times, and most of the time you can get a good chat going and will probably glean some useful information.

If all else fails, and you REALLY want an insight, try working a couple of Saturday shifts for a Lettings Agent. That'll be a nice eye-opener for you.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 08:44 PM

Did you know . . . .

You can refuse to accept an unfair rental increase. Do not change your standing order payment as soon as you get notice that they propose a rent increase, instead respond stating why you think the proposed increase is unfair.

'Unfair' broadly speaking is when it is higher than comparable properties on the market and other things that *may* hold water are improvements made to the property in the last 12 months by the tenant and lack of affordability.

You need to make your case though and this can be done initially by letter to the Landlord or via their agent. If you are successful all well and good, if not you will need to go to the next level which revolves around the mysterious document known as the LTA no 206.

This is a PRE- TENANCY -DETERMINATION ( this stands even though you are already in the property) you can get one of these from the the district council for your area. Your landlord can only request this once a year if you have already had one done in the last twelve months your landlord cannot request another, your rent will be assesed by a fair rent officer who will determine whether you are paying the correct amount of rent for your property, it is also dependant on the income of your household, you may be eligible for some help with the rent through housing benefit if your income is below a certain level, or it may turn out that your landlord cannot increase the rent , anyway i hope this is of some help to you.

Copy of a letter sent to our agent with the important details erased to protect the 'innocent' below to give you an idea of how to tackle the first stage of objection. Just make sure you meet all the deadlines in your notification letter.


Dear Ms Letting Agent

Thank you for your letter dated xth of month received today yth of month notifying us of a proposed change to the monthly rental charge and the Section 13 Notice as of xy of month 2006.

We have the following objections to this rental increase:

Firstly the Landlord and his agents have not recognised the investment we have made in the property, while having given permission for us to make imoprovements. It has cost us personally approximately 500 to make the following improvements

List any works here

Total value of improvement by the tenants in the year 2005/2006 500

This far exceeds the 300 that the Landlord would gain through a rental increase of 25 a month in the year 2006/2007.

Secondly, the rent as it stands at xyz is commercially competitive and at the higher end of what is reasonable, I refer you to the following examples from your own current list, one of which seems to be an identical property on the same estate, available from xth month this year.

[Insert weblinks to properties advertised on their own property website as evidence]

And these from other lists:

[http://www.rightmove.co.uk/ (put in the view details web links)]


Thirdly the number of properties available to rent in ZXYville is higher than anywhere we have previously lived and currently a number of properties are up for sale (probably due to the rise in interest rates). The likelihood is that these too will be bought as buy to let investments, thus reducing the commercial rental rate due to saturation over the next six months.

Our intention is to remain here longer term which means that the Landlord will not suffer any periods void of rent nor have costs associated with frequent (6monthly - annual) changes of tenants who may or may not have the excellent references we have justifiably supplied. We have never defaulted on rent or left a property in anything less than the state in which we found it. In many cases we have considerably improved upon it, in this case specifically to a value greater than the 25 gain a month which accumulated to a year would be wiped out with even just a two week void period.

This email will also be sent to your offices by letter, recorded delivery, but we would be grateful for a response as soon as possible.

Regards and thanks

Mr and Mrs Topher Bear

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Hope this helps

Missus TopherBear :rolleyes: x
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Posted 29 September 2006 - 04:44 PM

Hi everyone,
I've just moved into a studio flat in Pimlico, London and noticed there was no smoke detector. Do you know whether this is the landlord's responsibility to install, and whether the landlord is required by law to do this?
Many thanks,
Caroline

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 08:01 PM

No requirement by law unless there is some regulation with it if it is an HMO...how many of you live there? And is it all one family?

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 10:13 PM

Hello,
It's just me living there...I'm in a studio flat in a house! There are other people in the house but in other rooms lol.
Many thanks,
Caroline

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 11:44 PM

How many floors and how many people in total? It sounds like you may be in a licensable HMO, which probably would require fire equipment to be installed.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 07:35 PM

It is a self-contained flat and I am aware that there are other people in the house (though I am not sure how many). There are locked doors. I am not sure how many floors there are but there are at least 2, and I am not sure whether the landlord owns both floors (or more than one flat). Does anyone know how I can get the council to investigate whether this is an HMO?
Many thanks,
Caroline

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:32 PM

Just to add that the landlord has said it is not an HMO.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 06:17 PM

Hello,
I am renting a studio flat and the shower has started leaking onto the flat below mine. I have stopped using it, and have left phone messages for the landlord (I cannot get directly through to him) but he has not phoned me back. Does anyone know if there any amount of time by which the landlord has to have the shower fixed?
Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Caroline

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 09:51 PM

hi I am in a 1 bed flat ground floor at front no smoke alarm fitted. 2 other flats in same building. I am at end of terraced housing so looks to be a converted house. Should smoke alarm be fitted? landlord owns all 3 flats.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 10:14 AM

View PostChrysalis, on Oct 24 2006, 09:51 PM, said:

hi I am in a 1 bed flat ground floor at front no smoke alarm fitted. 2 other flats in same building. I am at end of terraced housing so looks to be a converted house. Should smoke alarm be fitted? landlord owns all 3 flats.

A bit late probably but if you are still not sure, then yes you should have a smoke alarm on every level. I assume you are on 1 level in which case you should have at least 1, but maybe 2 (to be on the safe side)

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