I’m looking for some advice with a problem ex-landlord.
The overview of the situation is as follows:
I moved into a property on the 1st of March, moved out on the 22nd.
My reasons being – the property was not in a ‘liveable’ condition – damp, exposed electricals etc.
In my time at the flat – I replaced the damaged locks on the doors as the property was not fully secured, fixed electrical faults. One issue that arose was that I cracked a tile when trying to fit a shower – with the permission of the landlady.
Now. The problems start with the fact that she gave me written promise that the flat would be ready to move into by the 1st March – it wasn’t the condition was deplorable – I have picture evidence, it took her 15 days to get someone to come and look at the damp issue by which time I was looking for another property as I was tired of her lies and the property was not liveable, my posessions were sitting in storage.
She asked me to take days off work – for workmen to turn up and fix the problems, they didn’t turn up some days.
She agreed in writing that on departure of the premises I will not be liable to pay further rent past 31st of March 2014.
She verbally agreed that it was ok for my wife to keep her 2 house rabbits at the property.
During the 22 day tenure I stayed at the property for only 2 nights, the rest of the time I had to spend sleeping on my inlaws floor as the property heating didn’t work and the water was limited, I then had to stay in hotels until the 1st April until I moved into a new property.
She also did not protect my deposit or provide me with the relevant prescribed information, she refused to tell me where the deposit was held and was aggressive at any point I asked her.
Now, we took her to court for the above reason (Deposit protection) and won, the court ordered her to pay out x1 deposit plus court fees.
She is refusing to pay and today she has instead put a letter through my door requesting that I PAY compensation to her for :
the 6 months rent up to the agreed break clause up until she was able to rent the property out – however she agreed In writing I would not be liable past the 1st month.
She is also claiming I broke the clause by keeping pets on the premises- which again she agreed to – saying she had to fumigate the place twice via pest control – invoicing me for this.
She claims she had to replace the locks even though she saw my work and agreed to this to – verbally. The locks never worked properly before I moved in, she told me this.
Then she quotes me a huge amount for repair of a single cracked tile – £650 to be precise even though I sourced her the correct tile for £2 and got a quote for repair for less than £90 – the three workmen I put in touch with her refused to work for her as they deemed her too aggressive and rude.
She also retained £150 of an unprotected deposit.
She has requested me to pay her an amount exceeding £8000 within 14 days.
My question is, where legally do I stand on this?
She was in agreement with everything that transpired.
Does anyone know the procedure on her refusal to pay a court order?
I’m angry as the 14 days she has given me is over the Christmas period – I feel this has been done purposely as I’m unable to find legal help until the first week in January.
Many Thanks in advance.