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Can I just ask I’m in a private rented property landlord does no repairs ever and I never hear anything from her I have come home today with my 2 children 2 my door been kicked open a new Yale lock half fitted on2 my door but only half so can’t secure my door havnt been left any keys furniture has been moved around my house along with jewellery boxes emptied out my private paperwork bank statements and stuff have been gone through and my tenancy agreement has been stolen my landlord isn’t answering calls from me police any1 police came and left saying it’s clearly my landlord as new lock been fitted but am I able 2 press charges as a secure lock has not been fitted my stuff has been tampered with and my tenancy agreement has been stolen I’m not in rent arrears and my rent is paid direct to landlord from council as requested by her and she’s made no attempt 2 contact me regarding entering the property I’m just sitting here with a broken door and no idea what rights I have x

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Tenant

Your rights as a tenant include the landlord providing a property that is safe and in a good state of repair. You are paying rent for a service and clearly in this case not only do you not have part of this service but the landlord has entered the property without your permission. Go back to the police and ask on what basis they can say that they won’t press charges considering that someone has broken into your home, whether it is the landlord or not? How do they know what lock was fitted on the property before the new one was fitted. Also contact your local housing department and tell them what has happened. Presumably they have a copy of your tenancy agreement since they will have wanted one to approve your housing benefit claim.

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The landlord only has a right to enter the property without notice and without you being there if it is an emergency, ie smell of gas from the property, a leaking water pipe etc
They cannot break in without a valid reason.
As previously mentioned the landlord is responsible for the security of the property, so the landlord needs to secure the door.
As for your tenancy agreement you can put it in writing to your landlord that you want a copy of the original tenantsy agreement, they have w21 days to supply you with one + 3 days to allow for postage, keep a record of the letter and send it recorded delivery so you have proof of posting!
If the police belive it is your landlord who has done it then they have grounds to arrest for breaking and entering plus the theft of your valuables.
If they dont take any action you can complain first to the police superintendent of the police station from where the officers came from if you don’t get satisfaction from them then complain to the Police Complaints Authority. You can do that online!

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I also forgot to mention that this is classed as harassment by your landlord and the police should if acted as this is a criminal offence and not a civil matter.
Most police forces ddon’t want to get involved thinking of using the excuse that it’s a civil matter, what you have is a criminal matter so complain to the chief of police at the station you reported it to, also get the names & numbers of the police officers who attended!

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I also forgot to mention that this is classed as harassment by your landlord and the police should if acted as this is a criminal offence and not a civil matter.
Most police forces ddon’t want to get involved thinking of using the excuse that it’s a civil matter, what you have is a criminal matter so complain to the chief of police at the station you reported it to, also get the names & numbers of the police officers who attended!

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