Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
It is fine to put CCTV in shared spaces.
Clearly it can't be somewhere like a bathroom
But if you want to put it in the living room you can do that.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Ok thanks.. yes, are there any legal sources you have
that prove this
And is it ok to put the cctv there without the flat mates knowledge?
The law is prohibitive in the UK. So unless you are stopped from doing something you can
what does that mean?
Its not prohibited by law.
But for example voyeurism is illegal.
It means unless the law stops you from doing something you can do it.
Ah okay.. so it's ok to put a camera there without Consent ?
For example, you can't kill someone because it is illega
* illegal *
That is because of the homicide act 1957
But if you wanted to sit at home naked - you can do this.
That is because there is no law to stop you
there is no law to stop me from filming people in a shared living area without there consent
This is no difference to being outside and CCTV on the street etc
Please confirm that statement is true
But clearly you can't have it in the bedroom or bathroom
I confirm: there is no law to stop me from filming people in a shared living area without there consent
Okay, brilliant thank you very much... And is it ok to tell the police about the vandalism and the shouting/swearing?
Yes of course.
The vandalism is a criminal offence but unlikely to be the swearing
Can I gain compensation for any of it?
Only if you have suffered a loss personally, but this means you would have to pursue this as a county court claim
Ok, how much would it cost to pursue a county court claim?
(I am a student)
It depends on the value. The court fees are listed here:
Also, the landlords haven't done anything about it... is it possible to sue them too?
No. Its a choice for the Landlord
They have also put council tax in my name to avoid paying tax
They have taken a long time in repairs and fixing things
Ok, well that is a different matter
And they have threatened bailiffs and been very aggressive
You need to write and set out your losses and request compensation within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this signed delivery and keep a copy.
I think we will take them to court
If they do not pay you then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by completing form N1 http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court.
The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce
If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation.
Okay.. do you have any more advice about this?
Do we have to pay to take them to court and if so, how much?
Not unless you have something specifc you want to know?
I can't say, you need to set out your losses and quantify your claim against them
How much could we qualify for if we take them to court for tax avoidance and identity theft?
Tax avoidance is nothing to do with you.
(they put our names on documents with out our knowledge)
That is a matter between the authorities and them
As for identity fraud this is also a matter for the Police
Okauy, and the stress they have caused us?
For that you could maybe claim £200 or so
Ok.. what about withholding deposits for no reason?
You can only sue for the interest on that. The base rate is 0.5% so that is very low
Can I clarify anything else for you?
What about lying to us face to face and over the phone?
You can't sue for that. People lie all the time
So stating something is true but it is not on the contract etc
Okay. So, can i use the cctv as evidence if i need to?
Yes that is right
Does that help?
Yes brilliant thank you
and by the way
do you have any legal sources
for the cctv thing?
and can a copy of this convo be sent to my email address please?
We have discussed this. Unless its illegal you can do this.
Once you rate the format changes and you can print it out
Can you just confirm that it is NOT illegal then
Okay great thank you!