Would you please help me with advice on this case:
I rented a property in Nottingham, UK with initial 6 months contract. About the end of the third month I started having arguments with the landlord who also lived in the property. Things escalated and he assaulted me. Then I called the police, he was arrested and criminal trial initiated against him. Meanwhile, 2 weeks after the incident, I moved out of the property and he was notified of that.
Now, the trial is over, he was found not guilty. There were not witnesses to the incident, it was only my word against his, so I am not surprised by that outcome.
However, now he is claiming that I should pay him rent for the 3 months of my contract which I did not complete.
The contract itself says that if I terminate it earlier, I would only lose my deposit. It says that I have to give written notice. I sent text messages and he knew I was leaving because he sent an inspector to visit the property after I left. Are text messages sufficient in these circumstances?
He is also claiming £1700 in damages which is all made up. He is just trying to recover some of the money he lost on criminal defence lawyer.
He just sent me a message asking for my home address to send the courts paperwork.
I will not provide that obviously to someone who attacked me in the past.
However, I am concerned that if there is indeed a small claims court case, I may not be notified and lose by default.
Thanks a lot for any advice.