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« on: August 03, 2019, 07:08:10 AM »

Hi,

So based on a friends review, I rented a room on a lady's house. The house was very cluttered and everything was a mess. But in need of urgency she showed us our room and we even cleaned it and decided to stay there. So there was no shower and the carpeting was very bad and dirty of the room. The lady told us that she would change the carpet and get a shower fixed once we had payed a full month rent which was 545.

We had transferred her the money and everything was ok on the moving day. But the carpet had not been changed which we had to vaccume again. Also when we used the bathroom/toilet the flush wasnt working and the water was holding in the bath tub. Also there was no way to take bath. So when we complained to the live-in owner, she started screaming on me and my child and started being aggressive.  So i asked her to refund my money, take a cut and let me go. But she is refusing to do so and is now threatening  me that she will throw me out and put false case on me.
The kitchen is not usable as it is over filled with things and I am not able to sleep due to the uncomfortable environment and I just want to leave. I have a 13 year old son. She hasn't even given me keys to the house and it seems to lack the basic facilities as well.now that we are staying there.

Please help as to what we can do. Its very urgent.

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2019, 11:08:50 AM »

Depending on exactly what you signed a solicitor may, possibly, be able to extract part of your 545 from this lady but that will be slow, and you can't live in that environment while you wait.  A vulnerable person is living there (your son), you don't have the keys to a home, and your landlady is threatening you; subject to expert assessment, it sounds plausible that you're unintentionally homeless.  In the circumstances, I would suggest proceeding directly to the nearest offices of your local district council and asking to see a Housing Officer.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2019, 11:40:46 AM »

I have just immigrated with my son and was living in different Air Bnbs for the past month to get certain things sorted. So this was a reference by one of the air BnB host. And there was no written i.e. paper agreement. It was discussed on the email. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2019, 12:35:34 PM »

Do you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK?
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2019, 01:00:00 PM »

I am on a parental visa for 2.5 years and my son is a British citizen.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2019, 01:06:34 PM »

Yes: go and see your local district council and explain the situation to a Housing Officer.  Be sure to emphasize that you have parental responsibility for a vulnerable British citizen and you don't have the keys to a home.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2019, 01:56:02 PM »

We have already done that and we will be moving out today into an Airbnb as the lady is constantly troubling us. I just want to know if she is liable to pay us back the amount as she did not even provide the basic facilities and even making us count for using her milk and toilet paper.
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2019, 04:52:33 PM »

It's hard to say whether she's liable without seeing the emails.  I'm afraid that even if she is liable in law, the process of recovering the money will be slow and expensive and it's unlikely to be worthwhile.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2020, 05:29:57 PM »

I feel sorry for her also for some one like her this is government job
To provide some organisation under their uthoratity and paying a fee both landlord or agent and tenant when every things are OK then sign a contract not let anyone rent a place whithout respect to all terms and conditions SO BOTH TENANT AND LANLORD ARE PROTECTED AND THEY KNOW THEIR OBLIGATIONS. DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2020, 08:51:18 AM »

Recovering the money won't be easy. This landlord knows what she is doing and possible has done it to others in the past. She knows she can get away with it.
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