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Revenge eviction Brighton

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Im in 4 months of an inital 6 month contract and Have been served with a notice to leave under section 21.

Since moving in I have had problems with the letting agents and have asked continously to speak to my landlord directly. I get told the property is fully managed and denied a contact telephone number. Yes the address is on the tenancy agreement but I cant imagine turning up on their doorstep unannounced would be taken kindly.

A couple months ago, I was sending emails back and forth between the letting agents and myself, when I received a phone call from thw maintenance manager stating she has seen the unnecessary correspondence and no further repairs wouls be carried out. To which I received a follow up email saying if I wasnt happy with the service then my landlord would be happy to serve my notice.

I have read similar emails and seen that this could be considered a revenge eviction. I would apprwcaite any advice of what to do at this stage. 

Thank you

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Im in 4 months of an inital 6 month contract and Have been served with a notice to leave under section 21. Since moving in I have had problems with the letting agents and have asked continously to speak to my landlord directly. I get told the property is fully managed and denied a contact telephone number. Yes the address is on the tenancy agreement but I cant imagine turning up on their doorstep unannounced would be taken kindly. A couple months ago, I was sending emails back and forth between the letting agents and myself, when I received a phone call from thw maintenance manager stating she has seen the unnecessary correspondence and no further repairs wouls be carried out. To which I received a follow up email saying if I wasnt happy with the service then my landlord would be happy to serve my notice. I have read similar emails and seen that this could be considered a revenge eviction. I would apprwcaite any advice of what to do at this stage.  Thank you

– Kate

Hi Kate

If its any help, we are also having the same problem. 

Signed 6 month AST on 31st July this year. Assured would be long term rental family home -we were looking for 5 years plus. 

On day of moving in, we realised we had problems. Visit week before moving in we highlighted some ‘snags’ we had seen and checked with agent. 

Inventory incorrect, showers not working, lights had smoke coming from them etc. Lots of problems in house. Also refused permission to re -decorate badly stained and marked walls in neutral emulsion. Informed agent, said she was going on holiday for 2 weeks and would deal with on her return. When she returned we were servied with an ilegal and incomtpetent eviction notice attempt. Hastily retracted.  

Since then rasied as formal complaint with agent company Directors in September. Some of the work sorted, most not. Shower was finaly fixed in October, used it for 3 days, waste pipe leaking, major leak over stairs. Unable to use since.

STILL not had works done. Received notive of posession in November for end of 6 months AST  in janury. 

After many requests and threatenting legal action, received landladies address. Wrote to Landlady requesting 40% abatement for our problems, she returned to agents to deal with. They have until Thursday of this week before I start court proceedings via small claims courts. I am also requesting full refund of all fees we paid to them at beginning of tenancy (aprox £500). 

In total I am claiiming nearly £4k back from them for problems we have had in this house. Luckily we have now found an alternative place to rent and are hoping we will have no problems there. We were advised our situation is a revenge eviction as we requested repairs to be completed. I have tried everything initialy to stay in this house, and resolve all amicably. I have two children who have been very unsettled with this awful situation. My advice to you would be IF you want to stay, sadly put up with the problems or write to landlord direct. Always have all correspondence in writing and track any communications. Ensure you have all requests for repairs in writing. There is a duty to ensure certain repairs are done (http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/private_renting?gclid=CIja4Jba3ckCFVCZGwodP98Ang) in real terms though, landlord and agents will just serve you with a section 21 eviction anyway if you only have a 6 month agreement. IF you do leave, do ask for your fees back and abatement etc. more tenants who do this, more it will make landlords think twice. Not much help to you when you are having the upset of moving home I know. The very best of luck to you. I write a blog about making complaints and how to get your money back. In its infancy but more added all the time. As tenants, sadly we have less protection then the average consumer buying a loaf of bread 🙁

http://iexpectgoodservice.com/

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Tenant

As you started the tenancy before 1/10/15, you have no protection from a revenge eviction.

Please note that a S21 does not mean that you have to move out on the date in question – it is a notification. If you do not move out, it will take approximately 4 to 6 months to get a court order. However, you must continue to pay the rent.

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