Hi, We have not been paying due to a trilogy of financial disasters last year. This prevented us from moving out earlier (we wanted to leave early last year due to the deficiencies in the house but were forced to muddle through). We wanted to do a deal with the landlord but she's now pressing for everything. We are now asking for redress for her earlier failings. There is £27.5k owing. We have prepared a detailed statement if that would be helpful?
No, we haven't done any works. By month three she had got it into a reasonable state but we endured weeks of builders on-site and she failed to do so much of what she promised. e.g. she was to put in a new kitchen but put in a reclaimed one - she was going to replace horrible old aluminium doors and window and then failed to do so etc etc. She was going to completely redo the garden but we were felt with effectively a building site for over 6 months.
Does that help?
Just two points of clarification please:
1) What is the format needed for a counter-claim and do I need to get a lawyer to draw it up? With the amount owing this is likely to go to the multi-tack and I want to ensure I put it together properly.
2) The level of rent agreed in advance of the works was subject to the promises of specification made by the landlord. The garden, for example, is particularly important as i have a daughter who needs outside space for practice (even in winter!). How specific do I need to be in the counter-claim?