Thank you for trying to solve my questions. I am rather running out of time, as I go away the middle of next week and have to reply to VOA before then.
I have been told by the Westminster Housing expert that there is nothing I can do to stop the landlord applying for higher rent every two years, but that the VOA are the arbiters of how much he can expect to squeeze out of me.
It has to conform to the fair rent rules.
If you think there is anything else that will help me deal with this, then I can wait another couple of days. If not , then please cancel my request and any payment that may have gone through.
Perhaps you will let me know your thoughts on this.
Yes, I would appreciate a second opinion as to whether or not I have a case. I know VOA don't necessarily allow the increase as demanded, but I have had one very large increase already two years ago, and it looks as if my landlord is overly taking advantage of a pensioner. Can I do anything?
VOA wrote on 7th May and want a reply within 14 days as to whether or not I want a meeting with him and the landlord, but I may not have a case. What do you think? The landlord has done nothing at all to improve the flat since 1976 and is still not replying to my query for a new boiler in the bathroom, so all the improvements are mine. I don't think his expense on the common parts should be anything to do with my rental.
I have thought of trying to get him to buy me out, as I can't go on like this. Should I wait to attempt this until after the rent is settled, or would it be easier to ask now? And does one normally go through a solicitor to get the best deal for this step, or can I simply write to the landlord myself?
Your thoughts much appreciated, but I am urgently in need of a reply, if that is possible.
It became a statutary tenancy in July 2013. This was after the landlord was obliged to pay me back a year's refund because he had never registered the building. Before that it was just a simple payable monthly contract with no description. I know the landlord owns the freehold of the entire building, which was a family home, now let out into 3 flats and an office on the ground floor.