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    How to track down landlord

    Next door property is being rented out and had the roof redone. Mine got damaged in the process.
    I'd like to contact the landlord/owner of the property next door to let him know and get his roofers back but I don't have his contact details.
    He's British but lives abroad. The phone number I have for him no longer works. Tenants apparently don't have his contact details.
    I contacted the agent who said the roofwork was all arranged by the LL and they had nothing to do with it. They agreed to contact the LL on my behalf but I'm not holding my breath.

    It would be a simple matter to resolve if I could contact the LL. He might even like to know that his roofer didn't do a good job and his own roof could be at risk.

    On a side-note, I don't think he is a good LL. His property has been laying empty for a while after the last tenant ran away without paying rent for months. Anything could have happened to his empty property during this time, squatter, burglars, fire, flooding, etc, As neighbour, I'd be the first to know but also unable to get in touch with him. I've never seen him or an agent inspect the property.

    #2
    Any joy with land registry?
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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      #3
      As far as I'm aware it doesn't have contact details, only the name of the owner?

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        #4
        He may be abroad , maybe working abroad and unable to currently return to the U.K ?

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          #5
          Originally posted by Luke View Post
          He may be abroad , maybe working abroad and unable to currently return to the U.K ?
          He is abroad.

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            #6
            Originally posted by kelbol View Post
            As far as I'm aware it doesn't have contact details, only the name of the owner?
            It has an address.

            It might not be right (often it’s the property address), but there’s an address.
            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
              You can ask the tenants next door to make a formal request for the landlord's address under section 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. The agent is obliged to supply the information.

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                #8
                Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                It has an address.

                It might not be right (often it’s the property address), but there’s an address.
                I'll try that when I finally get access. I'm unable to log in or create a new account.
                it used to cost £1 now it's £3!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
                  You can ask the tenants next door to make a formal request for the landlord's address under section 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. The agent is obliged to supply the information.
                  I thought about that but I don't see the tenants doing that. We'll all get on the wrong side of the LL if we force him to provide an address he didn't want to provide in the first place and he may well use the agent's address.

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                    #10
                    S1 LL&t 1985 requires address. S38 defines that as his (his not agent's) place of abode or place of business.

                    Sadly rarely enforced.

                    Don't believe me, look it up (free, 24/7)
                    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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                      #11
                      Land Registry did yield a business email address. I found the business website and a genuine VAT number but no matter how hard I looked, I could not find a company in the business name. I wanted to confirm him as director as the info I found was many years old.
                      It's strange that a business with VAT registration and employees is not a limited company.
                      I even found his Linkedin but don't find it helpful - I can just leave a message and sit and hope for him to get in touch with me.

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                        #12
                        Not all businesses are companies.

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                          #13
                          True but in this case, what can it be? There are partners involved so can't be sole trader. Not a charity either and anyway, nothing comes up for all types of company searches.

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                            #14
                            Some "companies" describe themselves as such but ain't registered. Or are registered in a jurisdiction outside UK.

                            When you emailed the email id given what happened?

                            I find googling the email id sometimes throws up interesting stuff. Worth trying with VaT number also

                            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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                              #15
                              If there are partners it will be a partnership.which is not a corporation.

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