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    Multiple issues with landlord inc harassment/ fake addresses /bribery

    Hello to all

    This is my first time posting here so i apologise if i have not posted in the correct section or use any incorrect terms.

    There is a lot going on with my landlord but i will try to shorten it down as much as possible. Please ask any questions if i have not made something clear.

    In summary, myself and my partner have been private renting a double room within a flat share for the past year. We moved in to the property on March 15th 2020 and our tenancy expired and became a rolling monthly periodic agreement from September 15th 2020.

    During that time no repairs were being done, including mould and the downstairs shower not working since December 2020.

    On 20th March 2020 , i sent an email to my landlord and the property owner with a formal request for a list of repairs to be done.

    After about 20 minutes my landlord replied with an email saying that he will send someone the following day and that he is increasing my rent by £75 PCM.
    He asked if i would be accepting the rent increase or if i would be moving out, i didn't reply and he started to text me saying that he was giving me notice to start having viewings in my room.

    I told him i do not except the increase and left it as that because he never gave me a date of the increase to begin with. Also nobody came the next day to inspect the repairs.

    As i have been an excellent tenant and felt betrayed, i started to look into my landlord's company and any housing laws he may be breaking, this is when i found out that he wasn't on the redress scheme , nor was he following any HMO laws. For example there are no fire safety doors , fire alarms etc.

    Also during the year i have been here, my landlord gave keys to the property to a gentleman that he uses like an enforcer.
    This guy would randomly show up without notice, walk into the property, take mail left for previous occupants and ask if everything is ok.
    I have now found out that this guy is not allowed to do this and should have been giving the tenants 24 hours notice.

    I asked my landlord who the guy is and he refused to tell me so i revoked all his access to the property via an email.

    As this was all getting too much , i sent over my notice to quit by email and also sent it to the address listed on my tenancy, however the notice to quit just got returned to sender.

    I looked in to the address on my tenancy and it seems to be a random office block, that has nothing to do with my landlord. I emailed my land lord asking him twice if the address is correct and he wont get back to me.

    I spoke with SHELTER housing scheme multiple times and they said i could have a legal case building and a team will contact me, however i can no longer get through to them , they haven't called me and now the property owner has contacted me asking me if i want money to leave the property and not pursue any of this legally.

    I am not sure what to do, i haven't slept for days over all of this and i cant find any help online in terms of what i should do legally.

    The property owner is coming to see me today because he said he wants to talk about all of this and he wants to come to an arrangement. He denies that he knows anything about what my landlord is doing , but he just wants this to all be over quickly.

    There is loads more i could put, like how the landlord has refused to give me any information about himself but i don't want to type too much and i thing i have given the main points.

    In case anyone is going to tell me that i have been naive in certain things , i am aware of this. Its my first time renting privately and i have learned A LOT from what has happened.

    Ideally i would like the landlord to be brought to justice and put on the rouge list , should he have broken as many laws as im being advised he may have , but i also dont know what to do about being offered money to leave it alone.

    Thank you to anyone who can provide me with any help.

    #2
    Why is there mold / condensation? - are you ventilating the room while drying clothes etc?

    Why is the shower broken or is it that the tray is blocked? - if the tray, is it merely hair?

    How many people live in the property?

    How is the gentleman an "enforcer"? and not merely appointed by the LL to inspect communal areas?

    That'll do for now



    BTW - I would grab the money offered and find somewhere else - you'll never be happy there nor will the LL, agent or owner or whoever is controlling the property.

    Move out and then investigate what can be done once you are settled elsewhere.

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      #3
      Contact YOUR council HMO team and 'phone the experts, Shelter, free helpline, 0808 800 4444.

      Keep a log and any evidence of any misbehaviour.

      Who is named as landlord on your tenancy agreement? Landlord does not have to be owner.

      If enough HMO regulations have been breached there could be a rent repayment order where all tenant's rent will be ordered by court to be repaid.
      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 landlord-man View Post
        Why is there mold / condensation? - are you ventilating the room while drying clothes etc?

        Why is the shower broken or is it that the tray is blocked? - if the tray, is it merely hair?

        How many people live in the property?

        How is the gentleman an "enforcer"? and not merely appointed by the LL to inspect communal areas?

        That'll do for now



        BTW - I would grab the money offered and find somewhere else - you'll never be happy there nor will the LL, agent or owner or whoever is controlling the property.

        Move out and then investigate what can be done once you are settled elsewhere.
        So the property owner came today with builders and they said that there is a leak coming from the roof causing the mould.

        As for the shower, it's been repaired today but it was out of use because it was leaking into the wall and causing mould and damp to appear on the outside in the hallway. Apparently the wasn't originally installed correctly.

        There are currently 6 people living in the property.

        Enforcer may have been a wrong term but the guy that kept coming around would make sure tenants are following rules.

        He said he worked for the lanlord but as I said when I asked the landlord to prove this, he wouldn't tell me any of the gentleman's details or even even what his role is.

        When I sent a formal complaint to my landlord, this guy randomly showed up a few hours later. He let himself into the property, walked upstairs then left. He literally didn't do anything and SHELTER said this was harassment and clearly intimidation. Also this man had no legal right to enter.


        After a conversation with the property owner today, it seems my landlord has given a fake address and company name on my tenancy agreement. So I am waiting to speak with SHELTER again to find out my rights.

        They werent answering their phones today but hopefully they will tomorrow.

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          #5
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          Contact YOUR council HMO team and 'phone the experts, Shelter, free helpline, 0808 800 4444.

          Keep a log and any evidence of any misbehaviour.

          Who is named as landlord on your tenancy agreement? Landlord does not have to be owner.

          If enough HMO regulations have been breached there could be a rent repayment order where all tenant's rent will be ordered by court to be repaid.
          The name on my tenancy isn't the owner, it has another man on but the company he has put seems to be fake, including a fake address because my notice to quit got sent back and says the name on my contract isn't there.

          I have asked my landlord for a correct address to send the notice and to serve him but he won't reply.

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            #6
            You serve your notice to the address you've been given and leave when you've said you will.
            You've done all you can to serve valid notice.
            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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              #7
              Originally posted by HanDan View Post

              I have asked my landlord for a correct address to send the notice and to serve him but he won't reply.
              It sounds all so familiar...... i think you are right to take this further with Shelter and the council but also think of yourself and your partner, if you have a chance to get out (with cash in your pocket) then i would seriously consider this, LL's like this always survive and although i would do what i could, i would also be looking after my interests.

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                #8
                Do you have a room-only tenancy or a joint tenancy with the other residents? If its the former then you only have exclusive possession of your room. The landlordor an their agent is entitled to enter the communal parts at any time without your permission. If you are concerned that the landlord is not complying with his HMO licence conditions you can report him to the Council.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by HanDan View Post

                  The name on my tenancy isn't the owner, it has another man on but the company he has put seems to be fake, including a fake address because my notice to quit got sent back and says the name on my contract isn't there.

                  I have asked my landlord for a correct address to send the notice and to serve him but he won't reply.
                  Thanks but I'm confused - well I am an OAP: You mention a man and a company.

                  Is the landlord named in your tenancy agreement a MAN or a COMPANY, please?? Appreciate the address might me human, c/o company. Both a human or an company named as landlord is legal.

                  As long as the address given for THE LANDLORD (so please decide is it man or company) if in England or Wales and exists, just serve any notice you send there, they you've done what you're required to do.

                  The landlord does not have to be owner.

                  Best wishes, good luck!
                  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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