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  1. Thanks for your opinion. However I'm not being greedy. The landlord has put me through over a month of prolonged repair work and I have suffered from no heating or hot water in peak winter as a result. I have also had to leave the flat and am practically homeless (staying with a friend until I find a new place) due to the stress and the fact that the plumber sent by the landlord kept entering the property without giving notice. I really just want some justice here.
  2. Wow isn't it a bit insensitive for you to make a judgement like that? The threads are almost identical because they're related to the same landlord and the same flat. The reason for all these questions are because the landlord has violated a few laws and they're separate issues. Of course I know I should just move on, but at the same time I feel that I'm entitled to be compensated for what the landlord has put me through. It's fine if you're unwilling to offer any help, but passing a judgement like someone has major issues and needs medical help seems unnecessary.
  3. Hello, I'm in the middle of a dispute with my landlord regarding disrepair. During the process I found out that the landlord did not protect my deposit, although he had 1) told me in writing before signing the contract that he 'always' put deposits in the government scheme and 2) supplied information on the deposit protection scheme he supposedly used on the tenancy agreement. It turns out that he did not, and did not intend to, protect my deposit - which I think is fraudulent misrepresentation but that's another issue. When I found out about the unprotected deposit I wrote to him demanding the money back, and I said I would be willing to agree to an early departure date (as the prolonged repair work in the flat was making my life hell) without seeking legal action if the deposit was returned within two days. The landlord replied and said that he would return my deposit and would agree to a date that I propose. Since then, he has returned my deposit but did not agree to the leaving date I proposed. My question is, can I still claim 1-3x of the deposit amount and interest if the deposit has been returned? I only realised what he had done (the lies about the deposit protection scheme) after the deposit was returned. I feel that it's a malicious act since he never intended to protect my deposit and used this to induce me into a contract - and he should be punished for that. He is claiming that we have settled this matter. But have we? Any ideas/suggestions welcome. Thank you!
  4. Hi everyone, I have started another thread here about issues with my landlord: http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/208568-landlord-provided-fraudulent-information/ One of the issues is that the landlord has been harassing me and my flatmate, by sending plumber to the flat without giving us notice and starting repair work and leaving them unfinished. The plumber has gained access to our own since 5 January, and till now he still has keys to our home! We've told the landlord many times that we do not want this plumber to continue to have access to the flat as he has turned up and let himself in without giving us any notice. However the landlord just ignored our request. It was only last week that we discovered we actually have the key to a second lock on the door (the plumber only has the key to one of the locks). We have been locking both locks ever since. On Tuesday evening the landlord said he would send the plumber over on Wednesday to pick up materials left from the repair work. I refused on the basis that he hadn't given us enough notice. However, when we came home on Wednesday we noticed that the top lock was open and slightly jammed, showing that someone has tried to open to the door. We think it was the plumber but we don't have any proof. Does anyone know how we might go about getting proof for this? My flatmate and I have both moved out of the property as we fear for our safety. However we still want to be able to prove that the landlord has been harassing us, as we are still in the middle of a dispute over compensation. We have emailed the property management company asking for the CCTV footage, but not sure if we're going to get it. Anyone has any idea? Many thanks
  5. Is it possible that I might lose in this case? The landlord didn't protect my deposit and even provided fraudulent information tricking me into believing that my deposit would be protected...
  6. I haven't checked the land registry. However I just heard back from the council. They said they have contacted the landlord listed on the land registry, and they've attached the letter to the landlord in the email - apparently my landlord's address is at the property I live in!
  7. Thanks everyone for the advice! I will inform HMRC of the rent I've been paying to this landlord. Most likely he has not been declaring such income. I know he also owns another 2 properties, and most likely he is doing the same thing with those. Does anyone know whether a contract (the tenancy agreement) can be voided if the landlord provided fraudulent misrepresentation on the contract? I told the landlord that I could not stand his harassment any further and will be moving out, and will exercise my option as the misrepresentee to void the contract at the end of the month. He is taking his time in responding to my compensation claim and says that if we can't reach an agreement he will countersue me for rent arrears. I sent him the claim 2 weeks ago and he is still taking his time. It feels like he is threatening me to just go away or he will hold me liable for the rent for another month.
  8. Haha yes, I WILL report him. How do I go about finding who the mortgage provider is though? A friend mentioned Action Fraud, but they seem to be primarily dealing with internet fraud.
  9. No I never opened his post (unfortunately?) so I'm not sure if those mails were from the lender or if he has permission to rent. It never crossed my mind that he may not have the permission! Now I really want to find out...and maybe report him!
  10. I'm not sure who the senders were...never opened those letters. In fact, there is a clause in my contract that I am required to forward all the landlord's posts to him (within 7 days if I remember correctly). I didn't think too much about it but now it seems rather suspicious!
  11. The misrepresentation occurred when the tenancy was entered into. The false information was provided on the tenancy agreement, which I would not have signed if I had known it was false. It's true that I did not enter into the contract solely on the basis of this information. However it did form part of the contract.
  12. Thanks everyone! It looks like disclosing this to HMRC would be my best option. The landlord also keeps having his post sent to the property, thought he has been letting it out for at least 5-7 years. Could it be that there is some sort of mortgage fraud involved? I wouldn't be surprised given what I've seen so far... I've been told that providing fraudulent information on the tenancy agreement could be deem fraudulent misrepresentation. Would I be able to tell the landlord that I will leave the property without giving notice, given that it is at the misrepresentee's option to void the contract...?
  13. That was exactly the reason for my claim - that I did not live in the conditions I agreed to pay for, so I want compensation for the services unavailable and some for emtional distress. The landlord said he would not "entertain disproportionate claims for damage". How does he know how stressful the situation is? I basically lived in a building site for over 40 days because of this. His sister is a solicitor so my claim does not concern him one bit. He has got his sister to send me legal letters threaten to sue me for rent arrers (I did not pay this month's rent as it's lower than the sum I claim). Does anyone have any suggestions on law firms that may take this on? I spoke to a few but they all said they would not be able to take this on on a no win no fee basis...
  14. It's funny. Most people I spoke to about this told me they doubt that the landlord is declaring this rental income. Is it some sort of common practice? I'd seriously considering reporting him if he keeps refusing to compensate or even just apologise...
  15. Thanks everyone for your reply. I realised I wasn't clear at all about what happened. Apologies for that! So what happened is: 1. The landlord provided the name of deposit protection scheme and the account ID on my contract which was signed in 2014. I recently found out that the account ID given doesn't exist and my deposit was not protected. The problem is, the landlord set the deposit very low (£600) and I'm not sure if any solicitor would take this on on a no win no fee basis, and from my research it seems that I can't use money claim online for this? 2. There was issue with boiler in the property. It took the landlord over 3 months to decide to replace the system. The repair work took over 40 days, and during this time there were a week without hot water and two weeks without heating, and it was in January while it snowed outside! The plumber that did the repair drilled holes on the walls and ceilings to connect the pipes, so now that the work is done there are holes on the ceilings and walls in every room in the property. I asked the landlord for compensation for the extended disruption and discount on rent for the damaged interior, but he blatantly refused. He said I still had full use of the property during this time, which is completely untrue! 3. When there was no heating and hot water, I asked the landlord to arrange alternative solutions but didn't get any. I said I would find alternative solutions and deduct the cost from next month's rent in that case. The landlord then served a section 21 - I told him it's invalid as he didn't protect my deposit. However I'm still in the process of moving out as the landlord has proven to be heartless. I know the best thing to do is just move out and forget about this, but it's so unjust that I really want to get the landlord to compensate me in some way, or even get him to be penalised by court. It's not about money for myself anymore. Well, it would help with the move, I have to say. But mainly I think there should be some sort of punishment...
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