Hi, welcome to the site. My name is Max and I will help you with your question.
The police should take action on your behalf. What they are doing sounds like unlawful harassment with a view to unlawfully evicting you from the property. This is a serious offence.
Yes, that doesn't surpise me that they should arrest him!
They might not be able to convict him, but part of investigating is arresting and interviewing.
It might be difficult to take it further unless they can show beyond all reaonable doubt that he took it. The criminal standard of proof is quite high.
Yes, you can stay there until a court orders you to leave. A one month notice is likely to be defective, as it's usually 2 months under an AST that is used.
This is what the council are telling you - they know what they're doing, they see this all the time.
So you just carry on as you always have, continue paying the rent, and remain there.
Only when a proper notice is served and the court makes an order do you have to leave.
They're probably saying that to try and keep the peace, make their job easier!
Landlord cannot come in legally whilst you are there without your consent.
The police can, and will, stop him if you involve them and tell them he is trying to evict you without a court order.
The police are not civil lawyers - they deal with keeping the police and prosecuting crime. Don't ask too much of them to expect them to advice you properly on landlord and tenant law, it's not their job.
You go back to the police for help and tell them you want to make a complaint that the landlord is trying to evict you unlawfully.
Then you should ask to see a more senior officer.
I don't expect you would know them, but you just need to ask to see one and make a complaint.
That is a standard complaints process.
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean?
If the landlord gets the order, then yes, they can help bailiffs remove you.
BUT the landlord doesn't have the order, does he?!
And, he will not get it, if he has served short notice of 1 month.
That is why the council are telling you that the landlord has done wrong.
Yes, order by the court.
The police will stop the landlord re-entering without a court order- it's their job.
They will do this - you may have spoken to one officer who was not very good. Ask to see a more senior officer.
I can't I'm afraid, you would just need to pick up the phone and ask to see somebody, there are no application forms.
Using the police is very easy.
They don't let us do anything outside of this website unfortunately.
Yes, you can do this.
The court can award you an injunction to prevent the landlord doing this again, and it can award compensation too.
The police is the easiest and quickest way though in most cases to stop this kind of behaviour.
A sum of money.
It can sometimes be the difference between the value of the house itself with and without a tenant.
You can chat with me a short while longer, I'm happy to clarify any points for you.
the only cost is what you have already paid to the site - nothing more.
Would you be happy with another 10 minutes? Say, until 7.15pm?
Whilst you are still there?
Was he working in the house whilst you were there?
Has he done this with a view to making it hard for you to stay there?
Then again, this really is something you need to explain to the police, and make the point that he is trying to force you to move out without a court order and that you want to make a complaint.
I think if you put your complaint in this way, the police will take action for you.
There is a lot of useful information on this type of issue, about unlawful evictions etc., here: http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/eviction/harassment_and_illegal_eviction_by_landlord/illegal_eviction
The police are wrong.
You need to ask to speak with a senior officer, such as an Inspector or above. I promise you, you will get a different approach.
Yes, you can call the police at any time.
Tell you what, give them a call, tell them what I've told you and ask for a senior officer, and if you don't get this resolved to your satisfaction, let me know?
I can't get in touch with them for you, as I said, I can only answer your questions here. The police are best dealt with by calling them anyway.
You can't - only communication via this site.
Go call them and mention what I've said to them. You can come back to me on here tomorrow.
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Thank you - hope it goes okay.
You're more than welcome.
It will :)
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