Here is a question to the blog clinic from Martin who is a tenant
I am on a rolling tenancy. After months of complaining about mould in the bathroom the landlord & agents failed to do anything about it, I called the council environmental health department.
They came to see it and some time later they applied pressure to the landlord to get it sorted.
I came home tonight to find a notice to leave letter on the doorstep!
Rent is up to date and there have been no other issues, the letter gives no reason for this action but it’s blatantly obvious it’s the landlord’s solution to the mould problem.
I am afraid that this sort of thing does happen, it is called ‘retaliatory eviction‘ and at present (provided your landlord gets his paperwork right) there is not a lot you can do about it.
Although you might check to see that the paperwork served on you is correct. You say a ‘letter’. What the landlord needs to serve on you if he wants to evict is a section 21 notice.
You are entitled to stay in your property until evicted through the courts, and your landlord will only be able to do this if he has served the proper paperwork on you first.
Take some advice on this – for example from the CAB, a law centre or Shelter. If you want to speak to solicitors make sure it is a firm that does housing work.
Picture provided by kind permission of Sandra Savage Fisher of QuaLETY lettings.