This 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?