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    Landlady enters my room when I'm out

    If anyone can offer advice i would really appreciate it.
    I rented a room and gave a bond but didnt get a contract it was verbally agreed. I share the kitchen, bathroom and lounge. I came home the other day after a night shift and found a friend of the landlady's coming out of my room. when i spoke to LL she said her friend had stayed in my room for the night because she was too drunk to go home!

    I came home yesterday and LL has been into my room emptied my drawers and wardrobe and rearranged all my clothes into like a sock drawer, boxers drawer and so on........ its freaking me out so today i told her i was leaving at end of the month. She is insisting i pay a full months rent to be honest i dont see why i should when she keeps entering my room. what do i do.

    #2
    Since there is no contract between you both, you are not bound by any obligation. I wouldn't pay her any more money.

    I would leave whenever you find another place, but I would get all your valuable stuff out of that room PRONTO to a safe place, if possible.
    If anything gets nicked, I would call the Police.

    I would try and change the lock if possible, but this might make matters worse with someone like this.
    What a flippin' cow!

    As to your bond, did you get a receipt?
    Did you get receipts for the rent each time you paid it?

    If she had behaved like this towards you, it is likely that she has done so to others, so you might consider reporting her to the local authority and/or the Police.

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      #3
      Originally posted by SEB View Post
      Since there is no contract between you both, you are not bound by any obligation. I wouldn't pay her any more money.

      I would leave whenever you find another place, but I would get all your valuable stuff out of that room PRONTO to a safe place, if possible.
      If anything gets nicked, I would call the Police.

      I would try and change the lock if possible, but this might make matters worse with someone like this.
      What a flippin' cow!

      As to your bond, did you get a receipt?
      Did you get receipts for the rent each time you paid it?

      If she had behaved like this towards you, it is likely that she has done so to others, so you might consider reporting her to the local authority and/or the Police.

      +1

      I'd be gone like a shot taking all of my money with me, no more rent
      My advice is not based on formal legal training but experience gained in 20+ years in the letting industry.

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        #4
        Send a bill to the LL for use of your room!

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          #5
          I did get a receipt for the bond and 1st months rent. Luckily i have got somewhere to go but didnt want to do a runner if i'm liable for the rent.
          Feel better now i might wait till she's at work and leg it then if you all think i'm ok to do so. She actually thought i'd like having my undies and socks all neat and tidy and she said i was ungrateful!!!!!

          Thanks for the advice.

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            #6
            Originally posted by john.roberts View Post
            She actually thought i'd like having my undies and socks all neat and tidy and she said i was ungrateful!!!!!

            Thanks for the advice.
            Sounds like she might be Polish?

            She may have untreated "empty nest" syndrome?

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              #7
              Originally posted by john.roberts View Post
              .She actually thought i'd like having my undies and socks all neat and tidy and she said i was ungrateful!!!!!Thanks for the advice.
              Tell her she can come and tidy my son's bedroom any time she wants. I don't care if she's half-mad.
              'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                #8
                Originally posted by john.roberts View Post
                I did get a receipt for the bond and 1st months rent. Luckily i have got somewhere to go but didnt want to do a runner if i'm liable for the rent.
                If you've paid up to the time you go, you've nothing to worry about in terms of you owing her anything.
                You may also feel its worth leaving even if you've got some time in lieu.

                If she ever says anything about you leaving early or without notice, etc, tell her in the circumstances and vulnerable climate that she purposely created, you felt you had no choice but to go asap.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by SEB View Post
                  Since there is no contract between you both, you are not bound by any obligation. I wouldn't pay her any more money. This sort of advice is worrying at times as there is definitely an oral contract between you but what sort of contract is another matter. It might be construed as a licence rather than a tenancy but it's one or the other, or if the landlord is resident it could be just that of a lodger.

                  If she had behaved like this towards you, it is likely that she has done so to others, so you might consider reporting her to the local authority and/or the Police.
                  It's a civil matter so the police won't be interested!
                  The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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                    #10
                    Given the behaviour of the so-called LL, the chances of them giving a true version of any verbal contract is around zero, so any terms in such a contract are unlikely to be held up in the circumstances.

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                      #11
                      A verbal contract can be oral or in writing, only an oral contract can be by word of mouth!
                      The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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                        #12
                        "Sounds like she might be Polish? "

                        I find this comment offensive, you would not dream of saying " Sounds like she might be Black" . I work and live with Polish people, and believe me they are extremely hard working, and pleasant people.
                        I am here because I am inexperienced and want to learn.

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                          #13
                          If the OP is only a lodger (very likely) he does not have exclusive possession of his room, only a licence to occupy. The LL has a right to use the room, but obviously this cannot interefere with the basic needs of the lodger for privacy when he is resident.

                          Although I do think it is unreasonable for the person to use his room, I dont feel rules have been broken as such; unless the agreement (oral) stated that he would have sole use of the room. Unless the OP can show a loss of some kind, the contact has not been breached. If the ammenity he enjoyed has been reduced by having his storage reduced, he could expect to pay less in rent.

                          The OP should talk to the LL about how the agreement should be conducted from now on, or at least until the end of the rent period. Perhaps he just needs to gently tell the LL how creepy her behaviour has made him feel. She probably has no idea until now.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Bel View Post
                            Perhaps he just needs to gently tell the LL how creepy her behaviour has made him feel. She probably has no idea until now.
                            I doubt that the OP is the first person to have been subjected to this behaviour by this woman, and why he/she should report it to the local authority.

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                              #15
                              There is no need to contact the local authority about the woman's behaviour in her property on this matter. She has done nothing illegal. Permitting others to sleep in your bed is a bit off, I must admit.

                              If the way this person runs her home does not suit you, I suggest that you find alternative accommodation and pay the rent until the day you leave.

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