We moved into a private rented property on 1st June 2013.
We paid a £750 deposit & £750 as a month up front.
we have had various issues with regards to repairs since we moved in. 5 in fact that the landlords have not sorted despite notifying them.
The Gas boiler hadn’t had a service since 2011. Despite asking landlord to arrange a safety inspection, (& this was a requirement by law) this wasnt completed until sep 2013.
I have recently checked to see if our deposit has been put into a tenancy deposit scheme. As far as I can see it hasn’t. I have checked with 3 links i got online of registered schemes.. ais there only 3 it can be put in to or is there a possibility that they could of used another one? (The 3 i checked were ‘My Deposits’, DPS & TDS.. )
All of landlords post is still coming to the property and landlord kept texting me asking me to leave it outside under the wheelie bin for her. After a while I got irritated doing this so suggested she maybe chaged her address as because they haven’t gone out of thier way to help us out with repairs i didnt see why I should go out of my way to for them.
She didnt respond, so I sent her a text to state all post would be returned to sender from them on.
The next day I was letting my aunt in and found a letter in my porch. the landlord was also walking towards me and said ‘There’s a letter for you there, take us to court if you want’ Confused I ignored him as he got back in his van.
It was a Section 21 (b) to state they would not be renewing our contract at the end of the term & we they were happy for us to leave earlier if we wish. (looked like it was just a generic letter printed off of ther internet – although it had a faint solicitors name at the bottom of it.. if they had sought a solicitors help to get the letter sent, would the solicitor of sent it to me??
I got home yesterday from work & Im pretty sure they have been in the property while we were at work. (probably to catch post before i got home) I’m pretty sure there were a few things that had moved around within property as im quite particular & know where i leave things!
So, it been pretty hostile & basically they have been rubbish landlords.
My questions are –
* could they of protected my deposit with anyother scheme other than the 3 I’ve checked?
* Have they the right to serve th section 21 (b) if they havent protected my deposit?
* there was an inventory done that was part of the contract but only listing things like blinds, bathroom cabinet, sky dish ect. nothing about condition of walls etc. We took photos of damaged walls & flooring when we moved in to cover ourselves. does the contract or iventory even stand without them protecting my deposit?
* Am i able to set up CCTV (linked to my pc and not interfering with the property) so I can see if they are entering when we are not there? & if I see they have been entering what can I do about it?
Many thanks in advance – im sure ive missed some questions out but ive asked the main ones – thanks