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    Landlord changed lock to communal door

    5/12/2016 landlord changed lock on communal door while I was not there with no notifications, I arrived minuets after the change. I asked for a key of which I was refused, i did gain access after a few minutes.
    18/03/2018 the same was repeated but this time I was informed after the change but a key was left inside the property while I was locked outside, slept the night in a hedge and council ordered him to give me a key the following day of which he did.
    Landlords solicitor has said LL was not trying to evict me. please advise as I have now started an injunction against LL, I am an LIP. I have been the tenant since 2012.

    #2
    These two action are not the only reasons I have applied for an injunction, there is unfinished works also that have driven me to leave my flat, LL changed the name of my electricity bill from my name into his name, he has applied to change my shop planning permission into a residence without my permission. yes I know they are under different acts being the L&T 85 and the L&T 54

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      #3
      what i want to know is what do i do about him ? can i sue him or take him to court for these actions?

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        #4
        Is this a shop or a residence?
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #5
          This is all totally confusing. A shop, a residence? If a residence are you a lodger? What bad things have you done -- are you for example not paying rent? Why would landlord change electricity into his name if you are the tenant? Who else lives there? What is the point of an "injunction" if there are perfectly good laws designed to prevent illegal eviction (if that is what this is)? What unfinished works? Who else uses the "communal" area and door?

          OP I think you need to start again with an explanation.

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            #6
            Are you still living there?

            Was injunction organised by Solicitor or yourself?

            If this is your home, you live there, call Shelter helpline, free, 0808 800 4444. They can apparently be busy. Experts in landlord/tenant, illegal eviction & harassment.

            Landlords can & have gone to jail for harassment and illegal eviction, quite right to. Plus the fines.
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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              #7
              Is this a shop or a residence?

              Its a block of three flats and a shop, It is the front communal door to the residence he has changed on two occasions.

              This is all totally confusing. A shop, a residence? If a residence are you a lodger?

              No i am a tenant of one of the flats under a six year lease and landlord of the other two two flats under the L&T act 1954. the freeholder has changed the locks twice now.

              What bad things have you done -- are you for example not paying rent?
              I now pay the landlord a reduced rent but do pay some until he sorts out disrepair problems he is in court with me for under a part 7

              Why would landlord change electricity into his name if you are the tenant?
              because he is a C trying to harass me.
              Who else lives there?

              the communal door leads to my flat and my neighbours flat.

              What is the point of an "injunction"
              Its the final straw im going to kill him if he comes near my door again after what he has done, so I need to get resolve the proper way, he is a slum landlord, with contracts with the council and the police so all favours are on his side and they discount anything I say.

              if there are perfectly good laws designed to prevent illegal eviction (if that is what this is)? What unfinished works? Who else uses the "communal" area and door?


              Are you still living there?

              Yes I am still living there and there is no actions against me, other than me taking him to court.

              Was injunction organised by Solicitor or yourself?
              myself but its going to be heard June 13th

              If this is your home, you live there, call Shelter helpline, free, 0808 800 4444. They can apparently be busy. Experts in landlord/tenant, illegal eviction & harassment.


              Landlords can & have gone to jail for harassment and illegal eviction, quite right to. Plus the fines.

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                #8
                I am filling in a part 7 against him and want to know what to write because I don't want to get it wrong and then getting it booted out

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                  #9
                  Would you kindly withdraw your threat to kill Landlord?

                  When you 'phoned Shelter what did you hear them advise?

                  How much do you owe in rent arrears please? Has your landord served either an s21 or s8 notice please?
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                    #10
                    The scenario remains totally baffling. OP appears to rent (not own) one flat, where both his AST landlord and freeholder appear to be one and the same. OP also owns (why? how?) two other flats in the same building (where OP is the landlord). OP complains of disrepair to the building, and in consequence of those failings of the freeholder (as freeholder) is witholding rent payable to his landlord (who is one and the same as freeholder but that is relevant how?).

                    Does OP pay service charges to said freeholder in respect of three flats? Who are tenants of flats 2 and 3 (of which OP is the landlord) - and how were they not locked out and bush-sleeping as well.

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                      #11
                      OP needs advice from specialist, local Solicitor who can access rel docs; not a free remote Public Forum IMO.

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                        #12
                        been trying to edit post Artful, where and how do I edit it. No section 21 been issued or 8

                        please can someone answer my original post instead of giving you the whole complicated story?


                        5/12/2016 landlord changed lock on communal door while I was not there with no notifications, I arrived minuets after the change. I asked for a key of which I was refused, I did gain access after a few minutes.
                        18/03/2018 the same was repeated but this time I was informed after the change but a key was left inside the property while I was locked outside, slept the night in a hedge and council ordered him to give me a key the following day of which he did.
                        Landlords solicitor has said LL was not trying to evict me. please advise as I have now started an injunction against LL, I am an LIP. I have been the tenant since 2012.

                        Andrewdod
                        I rent the shop on a five year lease off my landlord L&Tact 1954
                        I rent two flats in the same block off my landlord under a six year lease L&T act 1954
                        I rent my flat under a six year lease off my landlord under the L&T act 1985
                        all of these started in 2012
                        in 2014 after me spending the money on the properties to rent out, the landlord disappears and the freeholder tries to muscle in and take control of the properties after I updated them,the freeholder will not give me the landlords details so I can take action.
                        My flat has suffered disrepair since 2012 and I have taken the freeholder to court over it because he refuses to give me the landlords detail making him responsibly.
                        I have reduced the amount I pay and happy to settle that in the court as I am sure it will be.
                        In the mean time I want to start 14 other claims against the freeholder so I can add them to the existing claim before it is resolved in June to save on costs and such, clearly this is around the corner and time is running out, hence the reason I have came here to ask for a little, I am a LIP and this will not be changing.

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                          #13
                          I feel like killing him is what I should of put. Anyone have slum landlord like me that reads this, please hold your breath and count to ten as this is something you will have to learn to do on many occasions, they will lie about you, break the law, and do all kinds of things that angers you so much your head wants to explode.
                          make sure you pay a small amount of the rent, this way you will be in honour, I have found people judge you if you withhold the rent rather than pay it. I would say do not pay them a penny other than £5 a month and anyone who judges you on that, tell them to do one because none of them will help you when you are suffering the harm disrepair can bring.
                          I have had two cars stolen, my shop burgled with the words "GET OUT" written on my desk, my flat burgled, my son hospitalised twice, I have lost the use of my big toe when a tile severed my foot, They have changed the lock on my garage so i cant use it, changed my electricity bill name into theirs, applied for planning permission to change my shop into a residence effectively ending my shop should it be granted and changed the locks twice to the communal door leading to my flat. The first thing to watch out for when renting is, look in the contract and see if they excluded any of the landlord and tenant acts, if they do stay away from them as these are the type of landlord that will be the seriously bad landlords because they need to exclude things so they are protected and you are not.

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                            #14
                            So there is-
                            1. A freeholder, who owns the building.
                            2. His tenant (gone missing) who rents a shop and 3 flats from the freeholder.
                            3. You, who are a sub-tenant of the (gone missing) landlord, sub-renting the shop and flats from him.
                            4. Your sub-sub tenants, who you sub-let the 2 flats to.

                            If your landlord has gone missing then how do you expect the freeholder to give you his details?
                            He probably doesn't know where he is, and is probably owed money himself.

                            Perhaps more to the point who are you now paying rent to (or not)?
                            Presumably not your landlord if he has gone missing.
                            Are you paying rent to the freeholder?
                            Are you collecting rent from your sub-tenants?

                            And just who are you applying for an injunction against?
                            Presumably the freeholder, as your landlord has gone missing.

                            Sounds like a legal nightmare.
                            You are going to need a solicitor who can see all the various tenancy agreements and make sure that all the sub-letting is legal/allowed in the various leases.
                            We can't see them from here.

                            This is all going to have to be sorted out before any injunction can be issued.
                            Until the legal position with the various tenancies is sorted out then the court won't be able to say if any particular action is legal or not.

                            In particular did your landlord have permission in his lease to sub-let all the properties to you?
                            If he didn't then the bailiff can legally evict you, and your sub-tenants, once the freeholder gets a possession order against your landlord. (The Freeholders tenant).
                            It doesn't matter what your lease says, that's a contract between you and your (now evicted) landlord and you will have to chase him about it.
                            The bailiff will clear the property of occupants to return it empty to the freeholder.

                            If he did have permission to sub-let to you then do you have permission in your lease to sub-let the 2 flats?

                            Be aware that if both of those permissions do not exist then you will also be a rouge landlord here.

                            This is a job for a good proterty/tenancy solicitor, not an open web forum.

                            PS. Making threats against people is not going to go down well with any court.
                            Stop getting angry and start getting legal advice.

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                              #15
                              Further to the above.

                              The question of whether you are, or have, paid any rent to the freeholder after your landlord 'went missing' is very important now.
                              It can make a difference as to whether or not the bailiff can remove you from your flat once the freholder regains possession from his missing tenant. (Your missing landlord).

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