Hello Jo, We had moving in costs of nearly £1900 which included letting fees and removal costs and now we have had to move out due to all the very poor conditions which cost a further £1300. This was made up of removal and further fees for our new rented property. We paid £995 on monthly rent and we were unable to enjoy the home we were renting due to all the many problems.
One doesn't expect to pay all these costs and find you are renting a property that has rising damp, which requires a full survey to establish how to rectify the problem. This in turn caused mould on walls doors windows etc. We had to protect our furniture where possible. that meant we had to move it away from walls and in some cases we had to remove the furniture out of the dining/kitchenette area completely. When we notified the landlord he stated we had introduced the mould and damp and it was our fault, but of cause this has now been seen as rediculous as it sounds after 3 inspections from the C.C.environmental department, who have in turn issued him with an order to have certain work carried out. He has now tried to circumnavigate his way around the order by saying he no longer wishes to rent the property out. This will have the effect of stalling the Council for a short time, but the order remains in place and all legal mortgage and registries have been notified. This will then be flagged up by any search by a solicitor that this property is under a council order. I went to the council and to their freedom of information to receive their full report as we are od course now not resident in the property under investigation. I am also fighting the lettings company through The Property Ombudsman.
Any repairs that should have been carried out to this property was the responsibility of the landlord. he was fully aware of the rising damp and mould problems as these conditions have been present in the property for many years and that is down in the Councils report. There is evidence that many of the damp and mould problems had tried to be hidden or masked. It was my responsibility to inform the landlord of the problems and that is what we did, only for him to turn nasty in his manner towards us. I will now also state that this landlord has been under investigation from South West Water due to him having an illegal water connection to our rented property. He moved out of the damp property and moved in to his still unfinished house next door. he was not properly connected to the water mains and this pipe he said would go after a few weeks. It remained for 4 months up until I said enough is enough, because we were stopped from going on a water meter. he said this was not possible while his illegal water connection was still in place. We paid £121 per month for water and he paid nothing. When we vacated the property on the 9th November he still had not been connected to the mains water, but he still lived in his house that he was continuing to complete!
I believe I have answered that on my last note to you, but if you require a yes or no answer, then it is a no. I repeat this was not my responsibility it was the landlords!
I really find your answers extremely puzzling and you have also totally ignored any of what I have said about his other illegal behaviour. this landlord failed in his duties to correct the issues and problems, which was his legal duty and that doesn't appear to be an issue in your eyes. We paid nearly £1000 per month and I again repeat the fact, we were unable to enjoy the home we were paying dearly for and that is all down to a landlord that flouts the law. I had better advice from speaking with a person from Shelter. he spoke with me for over an hour and he was quite clear that after listening to all our problems over the last 6 months or so, we had a definite strong case against this man. You have fixated with me doing repairs, if I had done any, I would have been breaking the terms of my tenancy and how in any case can I carryout repairs when dealing with rising damp? i am not impressed by your questions or your responses!
This has been a complete waste of time!!!
My wife and I have suffered a great deal this last 6 months or so, due to the conditions and illegal behaviour from this ex landlord. It has caused us real stress and financial loss. This has in turn caused us real health issues and marriage problems and we have been married for 36 years. We are both in our sixties and this landlord has caused us great distress in many ways.
I believe that we should be able to recover between £5000 and £10000 from this ghastly man.
Thank you for this advice. If I write to the landlord and he fails to respond can you tell me what costs are incurred if I issue proceedings against him in The County Court and would that letter to him be better coming from a legal person on my behalf?
Yes, this I hope is of some help. can I ask one further question. If you were to write a letter on behalf of a client, can you give me some idea of the cost?
Thank you for your help.
My wife and I are just considering what to do next and with the information you have, are you in a position to give us your view on whether in the same position you would feel we or you could successfully win this case. If there are grave reservations, then we really do not want to be throwing good money after bad. if we agreed to your services, are we just dealing with the cost of a letter or will we incur further costs from you. I apologise for the dithering on all this, but we have been financially injured by this landlord and whilst we want to take him to task, we do not want to suffer further financial loss. We both understand that nothing can be 100% certain in matters such as this, but if it were 70 or 75% certain, then we feel we must proceed.
Is it possible to think about this and come back to you at a later date please.
How do we come back to you as we need to take time on this and it could be tomorrow.
Okay many thanks, ***** ***** now consider if you did write on our behalf, what would happen if he decided to fight in the courts. You would not be able to assist any further.