So, previously I have posted about my landlord bad service. http://community.livejournal.com/bad_service/1865431.html Since then: By the 22nd we still did not have a full set of keys for the house between us. We moved in on the 21st but one of my house mates had to climb into a window to let himself in and unlock the door, but that is three weeks after we started paying full rent. Illegal eviction. The boiler did not work and was not fixed until the 26th of October. We were burgled on the 21st of October and there was no mortice locks on the doors – a legal requirement. This made our insurance invalid. One of my house mates has become ill from the damp in her room (one wall is slick with wet each morning), and has been coughing and suffering the whole time we have been here. There is mould growing in the bathroom from the damp. We clean it off frequently, but even with the windows open all day to air it it appears. The landlord said he would pay us the three weeks we couldn't get in the house - which I think was the least he could do, really, and was going to tomorrow. Yesterday he told me he was only paying half rent as "we were in the house". Oh, we were? No. We wernt, we had no keys. I think it's time to find a solicitor now. I've been too lenient so far - what do you guys think?
Edit: I was ready to move out - but none of my roomies couldn't afford to, and if I left they'd be left out of pocket on the house and totally fucked with no money to get a new place til the landlord gave it back. That's why I didn't go before, much as I wanted to.
Edit2: I've texted him to ask when he will pay us the rent back. He is still insisting on half rent. Transcript: Me: We were not in the house for three weeks so expect the three weeks rent back - after yesterday you said we were not in there so could only pay half.
Him: Well gosh I would suggest for every legalistic point there is a counter point, that's how lawyers make money. Fortunately none of us are lwyers so how about half rent for September? I think that's pretty fair in all.
Me: After you rung me up after visiting the letting agency and shouted at me for telling them the issues, and then told me you'd only pay half. That's not fair at all - you wouldnt even let us in the house and the boiler was broken
. Him: I beg your pardon? I shouted at you? What and extraordinary idea i have been nothing but polite and helpful to you all. I suggest if we Are going down this route i will defer any payment til i seek advice. Me: Alright, I will also contact a solicitor and send the the photos of the house and the mice, the leak in the roof, the mould and damp damage, the boiler not being fixed, the illegal locks and the doctors note about *housemate* being sick from damp.
Him: How very dissapointing your attitude is, i will make your money available and you will im sure one day discover the cosy od alienating people who are well disposed to you for the sake of a few quid. And because you are in a rather legalistic lather i should point out that that is not a threat. Just an observation. And it really isnt about the money *findmealone*, I dont see why you should in bothering the shop though so if you mail me your account details I will make a transfer. Me: Thanks *landlord*, sorry is came to this. Will email you details.
Him: Well i appreciate the apology, its a start. I suggest you think about accepting the compromised amount (*NOTE: This is half rent for three weeks), it is a fair offer. Then we could put this behind us.
Me: It's fair to pay us for the time we couldnt get in the house. I thought it was not about the money? Sorry.
Him: On its not about the money, its your apology thats hollow without any compromise.