It is not illegal to record conversation without the person’s consent provided for their own use. Could not be used for commercial purposes without your consent could be used in litigation.
I don’t know whether that was your question or not or ifyou wanted to know something about deposit and the late payments .
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You don’t need to put the depositing the scheme if facilities or living accommodation is shared with the landlord. Facilities can be shared between tenants and it still be ASTs
The protection of deposits only applies to ASTs
Many landlords use licenses to try to circumvent the statutory protection afforded to tenants under the terms of an AST and the court will look behind the intention what it really is and the landlord is usually worse off by doing that if it really should have been an AST because if it should have been an AST and it isn’t, but it’s dressed up as a licence, it’s going to need a full-blown court application to get a tenant out.
The fact that she is past the recording to a third party is not really worth worrying about unless you want to spend an awful lot of money for something which is going to not produce a result.
If you want to pursue her for the late payment charge, you can only do it if it was included in the license agreement and it depends whether you want to go to the trouble of that and issuing Small Claims Court proceedings.
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If you are ever making an offer to settle, and you don’t want it to come back and bite you as being any kind of admission, always mark the offer to settle “Without Prejudice save as to Costs”
In that way, they cannot produce it in court as any kind of admission that you would accept any lesser amount than you are entitled to or that you are liable in any way.