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Hi, thank you for your enquiry and your patience. What costs have not been shared fairly? Do you pay 50/50 rent and the same is meant to happen on the utility bills? Are you partners or not linked in your personal lives?
Hi, it really depends on what was agreed when you took the tenancy. To the landlord they do not see you as 50/50 they see 100% when they look at each of you because you are jointly and severally liable. If between yourselves you agreed to share everything 50/50 and she is not meeting her share then you are within your rights to tell her to make up the remaining 40-20% and if they refuse, as long as you can show that the agreement was always that it was a 50/50 you can give her a letter of claim showing the sum you are claiming and giving her 14 days to pay, failing which you can take her to court by completing Claim form N1, attaching your particulars of claim and attaching any evidence you may have to show you are in a joint tenancy and what she is actually contributing and the short fall and copy of your letter of claim. You would want to download Form X50 too as this has the court fees payable when you file your claim. The fees are relative to the value of the claim you submit to the Court. I hope this is useful to you. I would be grateful for your rating at your earliest convenience by clicking on the row of green stars at the top on your screen. Do not hesitate to send me your follow on messages should you have any after your rating. All the best
Hi thank you for the clarification. You are right, the behaviour issues will take away from the argument that you want to make in support of your claim for reimbursment of what you have paid. If you are noted on the tenancy agreement as joint tenants then you can reasonably expect the other tenant to meet their 50% of costs involved in the tenancy agreement. It would be ideal if the 50/50 agreement was document however nothing stops you from maintaining that is what was agreed and it is for her to challenge and provide evidence that it was not agreed. In such a situation it would be a 50/50 merits of success and who succeeds will depend solely on the presiding judge's discretion on who to believe on the day, So yes if the 50% share is below £10,000.00 it would be allocated to the small claims track limit and the procedure in that track is quite straight forward to follow without representation.