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    Recommendation - no win no fee solicitor

    Would anyone be able to recommend a good no win no fee solicitor for me to take action against a rogue landlord? I have contacted some asking via their call back forms on their websites, but they don't get back, which doesn't give me faith in using them. Also if you have had bad experiences using them I would be grateful if you could let me know - I appreciate that you might not want to do that in this thread so could you please contact me via the private message section with their details so I know who to avoid. Thanks for your help.

    #2
    Didn't your landlord give you a section 21 notice? If they're issuing a claim for possession, then you're at risk of homelessness which is one of the few remaining eligible grounds for legal aid. Assuming you have a valid defence to the s21, and a good counter claim, then you're more likely to be granted the legal aid since LLA can deduct from that if you win. All assuming you're eligible under income and asset though of course.
    I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

    I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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      #3
      Phone Shelter helpline 0808 800 4444. See what they advise. Or ask local CaB
      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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        #4
        Originally posted by KTC View Post
        Didn't your landlord give you a section 21 notice? If they're issuing a claim for possession, then you're at risk of homelessness which is one of the few remaining eligible grounds for legal aid. Assuming you have a valid defence to the s21, and a good counter claim, then you're more likely to be granted the legal aid since LLA can deduct from that if you win. All assuming you're eligible under income and asset though of course.
        I am looking to sue them over not protecting my deposit rather than the s21 notice.

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          #5
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          Phone Shelter helpline 0808 800 4444. See what they advise. Or ask local CaB
          I have spoken to Shelter and I was actually given incorrect info on several points. I want a no win no fee solicitor regarding my deposit not being protected and the difficulty I had getting them to protect even after I pointed out what their legal obligations were.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Flowery View Post
            I am looking to sue them over not protecting my deposit rather than the s21 notice.
            My point is that if they're claiming for possession in the court on the basis of the section 21 notice, you can defend the s21 possession claim on the basis of the deposit protection and counterclaim for the penalty at the same time. In such a case, it's possible to apply for legal aid.

            If you're wanting to sue first, that wouldn't apply, in which case NWNF may be your way forward.
            I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

            I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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              #7
              Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
              Phone Shelter helpline 0808 800 4444. See what they advise. Or ask local CaB
              That's the number for Shelter England. From Flowery's other thread, they're in Wales.

              Originally posted by Flowery View Post
              I have spoken to Shelter and I was actually given incorrect info on several points.
              Did you call Shelter England or Shelter Cymru? They have different numbers.
              I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

              I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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                #8
                I wouldn't worry about a Solicitor. The claim for non-protection is an easy one. There is a template Letter Before Action in this website - and plenty more on the web. But it may not be required.

                To be blunt, there is no defense to non-protection (if protection was required) so a Solicitor will bring nothing to the table.

                As advised above, if you have been served a S21 Notice then await the Court papers following expiry of the Notice. Then issue, as part of your defense, a counter claim for the non protection of the deposit. Then you don't need to issue a separate claim yourself.
                There is always scope for misinterpretation.

                If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

                Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Flowery View Post

                  I am looking to sue them over not protecting my deposit rather than the s21 notice.
                  Google will find such firms easily. Or follow guidance on Shelter website.

                  On who or what's authority did you conclude Shelter were wrong, 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
                    Originally posted by KTC View Post

                    My point is that if they're claiming for possession in the court on the basis of the section 21 notice, you can defend the s21 possession claim on the basis of the deposit protection and counterclaim for the penalty at the same time. In such a case, it's possible to apply for legal aid.

                    If you're wanting to sue first, that wouldn't apply, in which case NWNF may be your way forward.
                    They didn't protect my deposit for 2 years or provide me with a tenancy agreement, but then provided me with a 6 month AST at which point they did protect my deposit so I can't use the none protection as a valid point to defend the s21. If I hadn't signed that AST I could.

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                      #11
                      Am I missing something? A S21 notice will fail if there is no deposit protection in place but this can be rectified by returning the deposit and placing a similar amount of money into a recognised scheme. The landlord should then reissue the S21.

                      What amount would you be suing for? Have you lost money?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post

                        Google will find such firms easily. Or follow guidance on Shelter website.

                        On who or what's authority did you conclude Shelter were wrong, please?
                        Shelter told me that errors on the s21 would invalidate it and yet I have spoken to several people who had errors, some major, on their s21 and the judge still upheld them.

                        Shelter also told me that the landlord providing me with an agreement wouldn't stop me from challenging the s21 and yet I have spoken to a solicitor and read online that a new tenancy overrides the previous action, though a claim can still be made for compensation for the deposit not being protected.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by RayG View Post
                          Am I missing something? A S21 notice will fail if there is no deposit protection in place but this can be rectified by returning the deposit and placing a similar amount of money into a recognised scheme. The landlord should then reissue the S21.

                          What amount would you be suing for? Have you lost money?
                          Apparently if a new AST was signed then it is deemed that the deposit was returned and then deposited and therefore the s21 is valid.

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                            #14
                            You would only be compensated for actual financial loss. What loss can you show you have sustained?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by mk1fan View Post
                              I wouldn't worry about a Solicitor. The claim for non-protection is an easy one. There is a template Letter Before Action in this website - and plenty more on the web. But it may not be required.

                              To be blunt, there is no defense to non-protection (if protection was required) so a Solicitor will bring nothing to the table.

                              As advised above, if you have been served a S21 Notice then await the Court papers following expiry of the Notice. Then issue, as part of your defense, a counter claim for the non protection of the deposit. Then you don't need to issue a separate claim yourself.
                              I would prefer to use a solicitor rather than deal with all the stress of it myself. I need to concentrate my energy and time into finding somewhere to live.

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