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    Landlord Double Booking Rooms

    Hi everyone,

    Myself and a handful of students in Leicester, UK have run into a sticky situation with the landlord.
    From September 30th 2013 to July 12th 2014, we payed £115 a week for individual rooms at a Private Halls of Residence (Liberty Park, Leicester).
    Of course, our courses ended in the middle of May, and we moved our stuff back to our homes.

    On July 10th 2014, I went to hand over my keys, so I took a trip to Leicester and went to my flat which I was still contracted to, and to which I still had the keys.
    I unlocked the door, and to my horror, I found a room full of items which didn't belong to me. A TV, laptop, clothes, books ...smoking paraphernalia...
    They have been charging myself AND the new tenant £115 a week - essentially having double booked my flat.
    I have recently graduated with a degree in Law, but at no point in my Property Law course did I ever come across a situation of double-booked housing.

    Then I looked on a Facebook page where for tenants of the property, and found out that they have done this repeatedly and it wasn't just a "mistake" as they tried fobbing it off to me as.

    I would like any advice you can give as to whether I can do anything, and if so, what can I do.

    #2
    If you're a new lawyer then you don't need advice from us about how to write a LBA, and to follow it through if you have to.

    The least they should do is refund any rent you have paid since the new tenants took the place over.
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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      #3
      Oh the irony.
      "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

      What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Wannadonnadoodah View Post
        Oh the irony.
        I'm sorry, what is ironic about this?
        If you don't know how to deal with such a question, you're welcome to say so. I just thought the expertise of landlords on this site may be able to assist me in determining the extent of my former landlord's wrongdoing.

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          #5
          Sorry for being unhelpful. I can't help with the question unfortunately I'm not qualified. I'm just a lay man. Regardless of law, you need to write to them, let them know they've been caught out, mention that you're a recently graduated law student and supply your bank details for them to credit X amount of money into within 5 working days or you'll have to take alternative action.
          "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

          What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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            #6
            It's not entirely a property law question, it's also a contract question.

            What does your agreement with the landlord say that they will supply you and at what cost?
            Is it a tenancy agreement, and if so what type of tenancy does it say it is and what type is it actually?
            What harm have you suffered and what compensation / refund are you seeking?
            How will you overcome their (apparent) defence that this is a mistake - which presumably they could remedy by offering you an alternative room?
            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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