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. I rent a room in a shared accommodation and I have some

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. I rent a room in a shared accommodation and I have some problems with the owner. He is new owner and he didn't make contract (tenancy agreement) with us. I had an old contract with £470.00 / month, but he wants me to pay £500.00 / month. I was pay to him £500.00 last month. Yesterday he said to me I have to pay more, now he wants £550.00 /month. I live in this room with my daughter, she is 8 years old , and the heater is not working 2 weeks ago, in the kitchen is rats and cockroach. The washing machine is not working 2 month ago. I was call him so many times, but .......nothing!!
I need help, please!!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Alex Watts :

my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Alex Watts :

Does the Landlord live in? Or is the property shared with others please?

Customer:

The property is shared. The Landlord doesn't live in.

Alex Watts :

Ok - how many others live there?

Customer:

I don't know. This is a property with 2 floors.

Alex Watts :

Have you complained to the Council yet?

Customer:

No, because I don't know what can I do. I need help.

Alex Watts :

Ok, first point is the Council, speak to Environmental Heath. It is a breach of the Landlord and Tenant Act NOT to have hearting.

Alex Watts :

* heating *

Alex Watts :

They can come and investigate any complaint you have and maybe even prosecute the Landlord.

Alex Watts :

In any event the Council may be able to investigate if there are more than 5 families living there.

Alex Watts :

It would be a House of Multiple Occupation which the Landlord needs a licence.

Alex Watts :

The Landlord can't just change the rent. It has to be agreed. If the Landlord wants to change it, it must be agreed or in writing.

Alex Watts :

The Landlord can't evict you or do anything without a Court order. If the Landlord does then it is illegal and the Council will prosecute.

Alex Watts :

But the first thing is to speak to the Council and complain - they may be able to investigate

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything about this today please?

Customer:

The landlord said to me, if I'm no gonna agree to pay more, I have to move in 1 week!!

Alex Watts :

The Landlord cant do that. He MUST have a Court order to evict.

Alex Watts :

If it does it is unlawful

Customer:

How many weeks he has to give me to move?

Alex Watts :

He must give you 2 months notice. That is required by the Housing Act

Customer:

So, if I don't agree to pay more, is it legal to pay £470.00/month, which is in the old contract?

Alex Watts :

Yes it is legal. There is NO new contract

Alex Watts :

If he wants you to pay more he has to put it in writing and give you the option to appeal to the Rent Tribunal

Customer:

The old contract is expired on 27/04/2014

Alex Watts :

Yes. But it rolls over onto a monthly contract.

Customer:

Ok, so first legal step is the council, than I will see.

Alex Watts :

Yes that is right

Alex Watts :

Does that help?

Customer:

Thank you very much help. Have a nice day!! :)

Alex Watts :

Please can I ask you to rate my answer before you go today, the button should be at the bottom of the screen

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