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- Financial issues – such as where your landlord is trying to increase your rent during a fixed term tenancy or is unreasonably refusing to return your tenancy deposit when your lease ends.
- Repairs, maintenance and safety issues – including where your landlord is refusing to carry out repairs or maintenance for which they are legally responsible, for example in respect of gas appliances, pipes, flues, ventilation, electrical wiring or heating and hot water systems, and where this may or may not be putting the health and safety of your family at risk.
- Threatened or forced eviction – such as where you have been told by your landlord that you will have to leave your home because you have complained about their behaviour, or where your landlord has intimated an intention to forcibly remove you from your home without your consent and without having first obtained a court order.
- Discrimination – to include any case where you are being discriminated against by your landlord on the basis of your race, religion, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or because you are pregnant or have a disability or mental health condition.
- Landlord behaviour – including where you are suffering from harassment, unnecessary personal visits, unwelcome advances, unsolicited phone calls or even requests for sex or sexual favours in lieu of rent.
- Absent landlords – including where you cannot track your landlord down and your property is in need of urgent repairs.
- reporting your landlord to the local council where they are guilty of harassment, failing to carry out repairs which pose a risk to your health or safety, or threatening you with unlawful eviction or dealing with you in a dishonest or unfair way;
- reporting your landlord to the tenancy deposit scheme that your deposit monies have been lodged with – assuming that your landlord has protected your deposit as required;
- asking our solicitors to try to persuade your landlord to voluntarily correct or address whatever it is that they are doing that is wrong; or
- enlisting the support of our solicitors to issue court proceedings to force your landlord to take certain action, or to desist with certain behaviours, and to pay you appropriate compensation.
- your home has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair and as a result you have suffered distress, inconvenience, damage to your possessions or even the onset of a health condition, such as asthma brought on by damp and mould;
- you have been unlawfully evicted;
- your deposit has not been properly protected or has not been returned to you in circumstances where it should have been; or
- you have been discriminated against in circumstances where this cannot be justified, for example where your landlord has refused to make reasonable adjustments to their property to accommodate your disability.
This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.