In society there are always a few people who do not respect societies values or the law, and who will use violence to enforce their will. Unfortunately quite a few of these people are landlords.
These are the landlords who rent out substandard properties which they expect their tenants to live in without complaint and who will ‘send round the heavies’ to deal with people who withhold their rent in protest, or under their legal right of set off.
As described vividly by Ben in his TRO Confidential post here.
What can you do if you have such a landlord? As Ben points out, if the landlord is really violent, then the local authority officers, who are only ordinary people after all, and not trained in unarmed combat (and local authorities can’t really afford much training now anyway), are not going to be keen to tackle them.
After all they value their limbs and the continued health of their family.
The best answer for you personally is to move out, as soon as possible. Forget about your rights, just leave as soon as you can. Or better still, avoid these landlords in the first place.
If no-one rents their properties, they may decide to sell up and and do something else. However realistically with property is such short supply, this is not going to happen any time soon. If you have no-where else to go, a tenancy with a violent landlord is better than no home at all.
However from society’s point of view, it is not good if these people are allowed to continue unchecked. We should all obey the law, and it is wrong for a few people to ‘get away with it’ just because everyone is too terrified to stop them.
So if you want to help society rid itself of criminal landlords, the best thing to do is keep a very detailed diary of everything (relevant) that happens. Collect as much evidence as you can, and encourage all other tenants of your landlord to do the same.
Then the local authority will be able to bring a prosecution, and if all the tenants are involved, there will be too many people for the landlord to ‘deal with’ individually. Hopefully they will be in prison anyway.
The trouble is, a lot of resources are needed to bring a successful prosecution against a criminal landlord. And they will will no doubt be able to afford the best legal help available.
With resources in such short supply, Local Authorities may just decide to turn a blind eye and spend the money elsewhere.
What do you think?