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Man of Kent

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  1. Sorry, but your imagination (and mine) is a poor guide to what would happen in court. I've been to court often enough to know that very little is clear cut.
  2. So, there were things that the landlord could have done, but he chose not to do them.
  3. That is hardly a definitive statement of the law; and in any event it says (a) that the situation isn't clear and (b) that there are things the landlord can do - he can evict under s.8, or he can apply to the court for an injunction. Everyone is telling the OP that he definitely has the right to do this or that, or that he can stop the landlord from doing this or that, without sight of the tenancy agreement or knowing the full facts of the case. It's not your home and money at risk.
  4. So, on what grounds did the court refuse the landord's application for an injunction? And on what grounds did the Court of Appeal reject his judgment against that judgment?
  5. Ok, let's do a deal. You post a link to a judgment from a court of record that says this is the case, cut and dried, regardless of any term to that effect in a tenancy agreement, or to an Act of Parliament that says the same, and I'll donate a tenner to Shelter. If you can't, you do the same.
  6. If the tenancy was granted on or after 21 October 2015, a landlord's notice doesn't have to match up with your rental periods - that hasn't been the law for some time (arguably it's never been the law - it's just that everyone thought it was until the Court of Appeal said we were wrong). A landlord has to give two clear month's notice regardless of the rental period - you are entitled to a repayment of any overpaid rent. A tenant's notice has to be for one period of the tenancy, however. I don't see the point of being confrontational about this, either. The OP may or may not have the right to exclude the landlord from carrying out viewings - the right to quiet enjoyment isn't absolute and may be subject to exceptions so long as they don't strike at the heart of the tenancy and are exercised reasonably. It could be expensive to find out, and it would probably just result in notice coming sooner rather than later. I would meet with the estate agent to see what the lie of the land is, and in the meantime look around for something else. If you can spin it out until the fees ban comes in, so much the better. I don't suppose you're in a position to make your landlord an offer to buy? None of this is to say that you have to go out of your way to be helpful.
  7. At one time I thought it might be an elaborate parody. But apparently not, except in the sense that it is absolutely fornicatingly hilarious.
  8. Including this comment aimed at a named member of the Information Commissioner's Office staff, which is going to go down like a lead balloon in Wilmslow:
  9. I see the successful businesspeople over on P118 have been reacting calmly to the news that the Government will be requiring all landlords to join a redress scheme: If I receive such a letter from my landlord I'll reply pointing out that my rent is already a little over the market, and suggesting that if he thinks he can find some other mug willing to pay even more he's welcome to try. Except that tenants aren't stupid, they're fully aware that if the market could bear a higher rent you'd already be charging it. If landlords' costs were lower, they'd buy themselves another Range Rover with the money, and we wouldn't see a penny.
  10. Presumably. From that angle you realise the poster site is actually halfway up Larry's back passage.
  11. You've got to admit it's a good strategy, because key opinion formers about housing policy and the third sector are particularly likely to be influenced by small posters on the side of a hairdressers in Liverpool.
  12. I see that the National Landlords Alliance has been as successful as we predicted: They've never updated their website since the day it was launched. All they have is a Twitter account with 150 followers, tweeting once or twice a day. Over the past week they have tweeted nine times, in return for which they have 7 likes and a grand total of one retweet. That's completely pathetic. A hundred quid for a membership and that's all you get in return.
  13. I did wonder if they were going to be used to make a massive funeral pyre. And let's face it, he'd need a massive pyre.
  14. https://www.property118.com/life-finite-fergus-wilson/ On the plus side, Fergus has enough insight to understand that he is mortal. On the minus side, he thinks all his houses will disappear when he dies.
  15. **SELF-PROMOTION KLAXON** I've blogged about the National Landlords Alliance again, the curious case of the person trying to dox me, and where their members' money is going.
  16. I must say this parody account on P118 is really rather good. It is a parody, right?
  17. Yeah, good luck selling a house at a profit if it can't even attain an E grade EPC.
  18. If they have got any sense they'll leave them there. They have basically accused him of entering into a conspiracy to mislead Parliament for personal gain and thereby corrupting the democratic process. They are lucky he hasn't sued.
  19. There's a lot of it about. When I tweeted this I got one landlord replying to say it was all bull and nobody would actually do it. He had to back down after I showed that I'd received a s.21 notice on 24th October last year: carefully timed to expire at Christmas. All for complaining about the damp.
  20. If I achieve nothing else in life, at least I screengrabbed it and stuck it on twitter before they had a chance to delete it
  21. Technically, you don't have to do anything at that stage. You can just wait until he makes a claim for possession, then enter a defence and counterclaim for deposit non-protection.
  22. I've got a screengrab of the original comment if any passing HMRC agents would like it ?
  23. They've been known to identify tax evaders by looking in the cards in newsagents' windows, and they've caught others by searching Facebook. If you introduced a major tax change targeting a particular industry, wouldn't you hang out where they were discussing it to see how they were planning to avoid it?
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