Let me deal with the repairs first.
You may have a claim in the stopper. There are 2 difference types:
1 Promissory Estoppell. This is a technical legal doctrine not used very often. It says that if anyone has been promised something during the lifetime of a person and they relied on that promise to their detriment then they are entitled to have whatever was promised.
The classic case is indeed the young man on the farm, who is told by the old man “don’t go off to seek your fortune son, but stick with me and work on the farm and I will leave it to you when I die,”.
So the young man doesn’t go off to seek his fortune and stays and works on the farm and it turns out that when the old man dies he leaves everything in his estate to the prize cow, Daisy or his new girlfriend, who is 30 years younger than he is.
In that case, the young man having given up a future (to his detriment) on the basis that one day (he was promised) the farm would be his and he believed it and relied on it, he can get a court order that the farm is transferred to him.
Such claims are not cheap or quick to bring in do require a large burden of proof of the promise and reliance to detriment.
2 Proprietary Estoppel is similar although it’s not reliance on a promise its reliance on an expectation that if you did a whole load of work or paid money or whatever, you would have a reasonable expectation that you would get something out of it.
So you would almost certainly have a claim impropriety estoppel to get your GBP2400 back if you have to move out because you spent that money on the basis that you were going to be there for the long term.
You now need to tell the solicitor that you do not accept the increased rent and you wish to have a “fair rent” fixed. That is fixed by the rent tribunal. It may be less, and it may be more, but the new rate will be applicable from the date you were given notice of the increase.
He may not like the confrontation and he may give you notice to quit but if he does, he has to give you at least six months notice under the Corona Virus Act. Indeed, you simply stop paying him rent he still has to give you six months notice and then chase you for the rent. The market rent would normally be the rent assuming that the landlord does all the repairs.
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