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The allegation is that we have been leaving excessive amounts of dog excrement and rotting corpses in the garden (yes you did read this right) and rubbish all over the front driveway. We have a young family and such allegations are ludicrous due to the health risks alone but given that my wife and I are a professional couple (I earn £120k pa) so are by no means the "scum of the earth" that we are being portrayed. Furthermore, my wife studied medical microbiology at University so is all too aware of the potential consequences of such behaviours.
We have been subjected to numerous doorstep visits by the letting agent as a result of these allegations and to be honest our lives have been made a living hell. At no stage has the agent ever found anything to warrant the notice being served (because it is a complete pack of lies and there has never been anything to find). We have challenged the landlord directly and his response is that he has known these people far longer than us so has no reason to disbelieve them!
We have elected to leave the property as the situation has become so intolerable but this will result in us incurring a number of additional costs let alone the hassle of finding another house to live in - we currently do not have a place fixed up and will be moving in to a hotel or similar at the end of the month.
What sort of costs would be involved in a defamation action? My wife and I are deeply hurt by the allegations and the security of our whole family has been compromised by these lies.
Any assistance would be appreciated as we are adamant that we will take this further.
We are prepared to fund it.
What level of award are we likely to get? Do you believe we would have a case?