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Landlord demands rent up front and threatens eviction

flatsThis is a worrying blog clinic query from Levi, who is a tenant

I have been renting my room from my landlord for 4 weeks now (this is a pay weekly room).  I have completed all of my payments, however this afternoon at about 4pm my landlord came round demanding 8 weeks / 2 months rent by 10am in the morning otherwise he is going to kick me out.

I am pretty sure he is not able to do this, could you please give me some advice on what to do. When I moved in I didn’t sign any agreements or anything however it clearly stated on his advert that there is no deposit necessary. He hasn’t got a reason for doing this as I have asked him.

I have rang up the housing officer and he didn’t help me at all, he just said that I have to go to the council and present my self as being homeless and didn’t let me get a word in on the phone.

Well Levi, if you have a tenancy of your room, and it sounds as if you might have, your landlord is not allowed to do this – the only way he is legally entitled to evict you is after obtaining a court order for possession.  Which generally takes several months.

However having this right is not a lot of help at the time, if your landlord is physically evicting you and chucking your things out in the street.

It is I know hard to find  someone to help in this situation.  The person who is supposed to assist is the housing officer at your Local Authority – if he does not help then you may be a bit stuck.  You could try to find a solicitor who does housing work but they are a bit thin on the ground.

Maybe the best way to find someone local is to ring Shelterline on 0808 800 4444, or try to get an appontment with your local Citizens Advice Bureau (making it clear that you have a housing problem so will need someone with housing experience).

Does anyone else have any suggestions?

Bad landlords – three successful prosecutions

Bristol Magistrates Court

Reporting on three court cases where landlords were successfully prosecuted by their local authority.Continue Reading

Ben Reeve Lewis Friday column

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Ben sets out his manifesto for housingContinue Reading

Ben Reeve Lewis’ Friday Newsround #15

Ben on a chair

Ben wonders why everyone thinks prosecutions are the only answerContinue Reading

Landlords from hell on Channel four

More houses

Looking at the Dispatches program fronted by Jon Snow which looked at slum landlords in this countryContinue Reading

On squatter landlords and other legal lettings

House with red door

Is a tenancy illegal if the landlord does not own the property? I get asked this sometimes by tenants who get very suspicious if they do a search at the Land Registry and find that their landlord is not given as the owner. Or if they see that the landlord is a joint owner andContinue Reading

Tenants in the firing line #2

A small dog

Tenant A – being evicted because of his dog I received this email from tenant  A the other day, and he kindly allowed me to publish it.  This sort of thing does not put our country in a good light: I have just relocated to London from the US. I found a property through anContinue Reading

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