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  • #48370
    needydog WANTED $17
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    Hi,

    I moved into shared accommodation back in September (own electric meter, bills, shower etc) and as time went on. My live-in land lady started getting a bit weird. Told me Rolo (my dog) wasn’t allowed to use the garden for his business, told me I wasn’t allowed visitors (wasn’t mentioned before I signed my tennency) and would try to get me to socialise with the other house mates. Barring in mind i was the only English resident. I suffer with ADHD and tourettes syndrome and for the past 2 years it’s just been me and my dog.

    Anyway, a week ago she entered my room when I was at work and decided to empty the bin, hoover etc… Locked door and I didn’t give her permission . We got into a massive arguement and the following day she attempted to enter my room again .She didn’t realise I was in there and when she couldn’t enter, she decided to keep banging and smashing the door until I allowed her in. I didn’t.

    I called the police and about 30 minutes before they arrived she decided to go into the loft above my room and bang on the ceiling wall. She then put her foot through the loft and put a hole in my ceiling.

    The police arrived and after explaining the situation they then told us that one of us would have to leave the property. As it was her property I was advised to leave.

    As a result, i had to put Rolo in kennels and been staying in hotels. I am now homeless and unable to attend work. Now out of resources and my family are too far away to help.

    I always paid my rent on time and maintained the room but is this normal behaviour?

    #48372
    needydog WANTED $17
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    #48374
    Eightblack WANTED $236
    Outlaw

    Mate she sounds like an absolute c*nt and that is not normal behaviour. Contact the charity shelter they will be able to help with advice and legal proceedings, they have a live chat function on their site I’ve used them before and theyre great.

     

    I accidently broke the window in my bedsit and twice now the landlord has allowed himself in without my permission or any notice to “measure it” and it’s enraged me although I haven’t confronted him yet, I checked and it is 100% illegal, I’m no expert but I believe it falls under harrasment.. Imagine your a pretty 18yr old girl getting changed and she’s an old dude I’m pretty sure the police would look at it in a different light then.

    #48375
    andywilliams1187 WANTED $394
    Blocked

    No it’s not normal and the police where wrong to evict you depending on the terms of your lease.

    Under UK law when you rent a room and have signed a tenancy agreement, you are protected under certain rights. Your landlord cannot just enter your room without giving notice unless you here is an emergency.you have a right to uninterrupted space.

    I would need to see a copy of your lease mate to let you know the exact particulars and see exactly what entitlements you have.

    Hope this makes sense

    #48386
    needydog WANTED $17
    Outlaw

    I appreciate the replies.

    I have a copy of the tennency if I could email it to you.

    Even the two officers who came said “she’s crazy” even after getting plaster and residue over my clothes/shoes/laptop I said that’s criminal damage and the leading officer replied “just wipe it off”

    She seemed to have an issue with my dog but why would you allow someone to rent a room to begin with? First question I asked before going to visit is if she accepts dogs. He’s generally quiet and only got excited when I got home from work.

    People get themselves into all sorts of trouble, yet I don’t drink, do drugs, and I work.Yet I get punished because stupid fucking foreigners think they can take the law into their own hands .

    Atleast the dog is safe. It would break my heart, but considering the cost. I maybe forced to re-home him.

    #48389
    Mr B WANTED $381
    Outlaw

    It is exactly illegal for her to enter the property without permission, yes.

    Justifiable reasons for your landlord to access your property are:

    In case of an emergency such as a flood, a fire, the smell of gas, serious structural damage or raised suspicions of criminal activity
    For maintenance and repairs to the property
    For scheduled or requested inspections of the property
    When moving in or moving out inventory
    For the annual gas safety check carried out by a certified gas safe engineer
    For any other health and safety checks
    Unjustifiable Behaviour from your Landlord
    It would not be acceptable if your landlord:

    Carries out an inspection when you are not home and when you have not given your permission for the landlord to enter your property. This is an infringement of the ‘quiet enjoyment’ covenant and your landlord should be aware of this
    Frequently overstays their welcome by staying in your home when it is no longer required for any of the earlier stated justifiable reasons
    Visits early in the morning or late at night when this is not agreed with you. These unsociable hours could cause irritation and damage the relationship with your landlord
    Visits regularly without good cause or without reason
    Landlord Harassment
    These are all means of harassment and your landlord can be charged under the Housing Act of 1988 for landlord harassment.

    As a result of this type of behaviour your landlord could receive a fine and can even be ordered to stay away from your home.

    Source : https://awhsolicitors.co.uk/articles/housing-disrepair/landlord-entering-property/

    #48391
    needydog WANTED $17
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    #48392
    andywilliams1187 WANTED $394
    Blocked

    send me the lease mate

    andywilliams1187@gmail.com

    #48393
    needydog WANTED $17
    Outlaw

    Mr B wrote:

    It is exactly illegal for her to enter the property without permission, yes.

    Justifiable reasons for your landlord to access your property are:

    In case of an emergency such as a flood, a fire, the smell of gas, serious structural damage or raised suspicions of criminal activity For maintenance and repairs to the property
    For scheduled or requested inspections of the property
    When moving in or moving out inventory
    For the annual gas safety check carried out by a certified gas safe engineer
    For any other health and safety checks
    Unjustifiable Behaviour from your Landlord
    It would not be acceptable if your landlord:

    Carries out an inspection when you are not home and when you have not given your permission for the landlord to enter your property. This is an infringement of the ‘quiet enjoyment’ covenant and your landlord should be aware of this
    Frequently overstays their welcome by staying in your home when it is no longer required for any of the earlier stated justifiable reasons
    Visits early in the morning or late at night when this is not agreed with you. These unsociable hours could cause irritation and damage the relationship with your landlord
    Visits regularly without good cause or without reason
    Landlord Harassment
    These are all means of harassment and your landlord can be charged under the Housing Act of 1988 for landlord harassment.

    As a result of this type of behaviour your landlord could receive a fine and can even be ordered to stay away from your home.

    Source : https://awhsolicitors.co.uk/articles/housing-disrepair/landlord-entering-property/

    Does this apply to live-in landlords?

    #48394
    Eightblack WANTED $236
    Outlaw

    Talk to shelter, potentially talk to the police complaints commission and the CAB as well.. There’s no way you should be treated like that

    Like I said I’m sure if you weren’t a bloke it would have been treated seriously.

    Also they can’t legally evict you without good reason or notice.. I’d stop paying rent stay in there until she’s forced to go through the expensive legal process of getting you out..

    #48396
    needydog WANTED $17
    Outlaw

    Eightblack wrote:

    Talk to shelter, potentially talk to the police complaints commission and the CAB as well.. There’s no way you should be treated like that

    Like I said I’m sure if you weren’t a bloke it would have been treated seriously.

    Also they can’t legally evict you without good reason or notice.. I’d stop paying rent stay in there until she’s forced to go through the expensive legal process of getting you out..

    The police wouldn’t leave until one of left the property. She did return my deposit as requested by the police and they escorted me to a hotel. Deposit covered 5 days.

    This is what the chief officer said:

    “We can’t leave you both here in case there is an incident. For example if one of you stabs each other then it’s your word against hers and vice versa”

    It did get quite heated after she put her foot through the ceiling. I’m not an aggressive person or had any running with the law before but I did want to batter her (if she wasn’t a woman, probably woulda happened)

     

    #48397
    needydog WANTED $17
    Outlaw

    She also said I was allowed to vape in my room and decided 2 weeks in that she was “allergic”

    I’m unsure if it’s me or her who needs help lol

    #48398
    Mr B WANTED $381
    Outlaw

    Does this apply to live-in landlords?

    You really should seek expert legal advice but if I were to guess, since you have a room with a lock then you have a guaranteed right to privacy which means, no matter where the landlord lives, as long as it isn’t IN your room, they have to provide 24 hours notice, by law.

    The police were wrong to make you homeless since you have a tenancy agreement. But the live in landlord issue must make this something like a domestic violence situation so I guess someone has to leave.

    Seriously, as much as we all mean well for you, if we are not qualified, which I am not, you should talk to a solicitor. You should be able to do so, free of charge, initially. Of course, Shelter or other qualified organisations may be able to help.

    Hope it all sorts out for you. Bad tenants suck for landlords and bad landlords suck for tenants. The worst landlord is the government (council).

    #48401
    Eightblack WANTED $236
    Outlaw

    needydog wrote:

    Eightblack wrote:

    Talk to shelter, potentially talk to the police complaints commission and the CAB as well.. There’s no way you should be treated like that

    Like I said I’m sure if you weren’t a bloke it would have been treated seriously.

    Also they can’t legally evict you without good reason or notice.. I’d stop paying rent stay in there until she’s forced to go through the expensive legal process of getting you out..

    The police wouldn’t leave until one of left the property. She did return my deposit as requested by the police and they escorted me to a hotel. Deposit covered 5 days.

    This is what the chief officer said:

    “We can’t leave you both here in case there is an incident. For example if one of you stabs each other then it’s your word against hers and vice versa”

    It did get quite heated after she put her foot through the ceiling. I’m not an aggressive person or had any running with the law before but I did want to batter her (if she wasn’t a woman, probably woulda happened)

     

    That is ridiculous! I’d make a complaint regarding the way the police have handled this and definitely send a copy of that text message as she has pretty much admitted to causing you grief over you staying in your room. I never come out of mine because I’m the only English speaker and the hallways stink of curry, if I was harassed as a result of that after paying £600pm I’d be fuming! Where abouts do you live? Gumtree is pretty good for private landlords

    #48404
    Mr B WANTED $381
    Outlaw

    A friend of mine, is drink and drug free and lives in a shared house where the tenant in the next room openly smokes weed which my friend has no issues with but told me they are openly smoking crack with the door open. I don’t know what to tell him but it’s certainly not a situation I would want to live around.

    @Eightblack is right but I would really seek legal advice first so you have a solid legal backbone which means the police and landlord have to act accordingly. I say this since the police have acted already, making you homeless.

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