Hello, I am a solicitor with 20 years experience. I will try to help you with this.
If this was a private landlord and he took possession legally, as it seems he did, then you have no comeback in law against him at all. Thsi assumes it was an assured shorthold tenancy. When did you move in?
It was a private landlord.
we moved in in Audust 2008.
I note that you are now offline, even though you asked a question which I have duly answered.
I ma still here and did not intenitonally go offline. No I am afraid that with that move in date unless your landlord has explicitly granted you extra rights (which is very unlikely) then there is nothing you can do about his actions. I know this is not the answer you were hoping for but I have to give you accurate answers. I would be grateful if you would please amend your rating.