Grumpy Monday – Landlords

Landlords

Are they all cunts?

There’s no remorse for using the C word so early on in the post, because I’m ready to cock back my AK47 and aim at unexpected bystanders as they walk through the security gates of Stane Grove.

This isn’t the first uber douchebag landlord we have run into.

The first ‘found’ a burnt mark on the kitchen surface and with no evidence blamed The Lady and I.  There goes a chunk of our deposit.

This time our landlord has gone AWOL.

3 months on, still no sign of the pimped up, look at me in my Benz and don’t forget to check out my ‘diamond’ studded fat ear lobed landlord.  Who I’m gonna call?  118 118?  C.A.B?  The council?

Our beautiful flat is plagued with mold, in the hallway and our room.  YES, our room!  Makes me feeling like a student again.

The rent has been on hold for the last couple of months, hoping that I don’t have to pay as I’ve got my eyes on something for my VDUB.  I guess we’ll see.

On a brighter note, I’ve joined the GYM (last week) and my first day will be tomorrow.

A combination of nerves and excitement has given me a steady semi all day.

There have a couple of brilliant links today that have made my crack a wee smile.

and then a follow up…

I’ve also just come back from Disneyland Paris with the below music video in my mind (reminds me of the new Pot Noodle ad)

Bucks review is still coming…

One comment on “Grumpy Monday – Landlords

  1. Kenni James
    July 6, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    LANDLORD V TENANT DEPOSIT DISPUTES
    THE TENANCY DEPOSIT PROTECTION SCHEME
    UK laws on protecting a tenant deposit changed for the good of the tenant in April 2007, when the Tenancy Deposit Protection regulations came into force.
    People taking an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) who 1) Pay a Deposit; and 2) whose Deposit can be used if the tenant falls into arrears or messes up the property are owed duties by the landlord (*provided that the annual rental is no more than £25,000 PA, though as of October 1st 2010, that amount will rise to £100,000 PA). They are that the Landlord must pay the deposit into one of the approved schemes and that the Landlord must also give the tenant specific information to his/ her deposit and the scheme into which it is placed. If this is not carried out within a given timeframe, then the tenant can take the Landlord to Court and the Landlord will be forced to pay a set amount of money under a Strict Liability court ruling.
    The Landlord may make defend the claim or even make a counter-claim if they believe that you have breached the terms of the AST, but this cannot be used as mitigation and has nothing to do with the tenant claim. Courts have usually ordered that the Landlord make a separate claim.
    The property that you rented must have been one that you occupied as you main home and one where the Landlord did not live at the property but lived elsewhere. If the Landlord lived at the property, they will not usually have to protect the deposit, although the rules are quite complicated (Paragraph 10 of Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1988).
    The claim is always against the person who received the deposit, if it was the Landlord, then the claim is against them, if it was an Agent, then they are directly responsible for the deposit. The law says that the ‘Landlord’ includes anybody that is acting on their behalf and if in doubt, sue the Landlord. If there is more than one of them, make a claim against them all. Note that the address has to be in England or Wales. If you are unsure of who the responsible person is, make the claim against the Landlord.
    You can find out who the Landlord (registered proprietor) is by asking the person to whom you pay the rent. They have a duty to provide the information to you within 21 days, failure to do so is a Criminal Offence under UK law. Many Landlords try to hide their details through their Agent but the Agent cannot refuse to provide the information that you request.
    The legislation is to protect tenants in the UK and not provide them with a windfall payment. However it has been shown that the Courts do not take kindly to Landlords that wilfully ignore, or seem to wilfully ignore the basic and simple regulations.
    AUTHOR – Kenni James
    http://www.RecoverMyDeposit.co.uk – FREE and professional legal advice for UK tenants
    0800 542 4886

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