Student Landlords.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by postman, 11 Jul 2018.

  1. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Meanwood ,Leeds
    My god,we are having trouble with not one but both sets of landlords.They are trying to keep a large part of the bond.On Monday four of us cleaned Dan's flatIt was spotless,at the moment we have not seen the list of things that are supposed to be wrong,i can see a phone call to the GMB Union i am a life member.The other landlord up in Edinburgh is trying a good scam out.He has no idea that the last tenants know one of the six in this year.So when asked did he stop any money yes hhe did,it was for x and x and x and so on.Guesss what all those x's and so on's,are now the reason he wants repair money from our six.Little does he know,what we know.We are asking him for written details,so he can hang himself,taking money under false pretences.Taken money last year and not done the repairs.This is going to be good.
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  2. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    All of the deposits for the flat in England should have been put into a deposit protection scheme. They have a process for settling these sorts of disputes, which you should engage with (if you don't and then try to recover the money via the courts you may get caught out).

    I think there is an equivalent requirement in Scotland but I haven't been involved with it.
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  3. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Central Trumpland
    The Edinburgh landlord is committing a fraud.
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  4. matiz

    matiz Über Member

    A lot of landlords regard deposits as free money and make up bogus repairs which they don't carry out,then they repeat it on the next Tennants ,I've worked for enough of them to see what goes on,it was tried on us when we were moving a few years ago I ended up going round to his offices and refusing to move until he coughed up which after squirming for a hour or so he eventually did.
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  5. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    I guess you have photos taken at the start and at the finish of the let.
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  6. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    It's not just student landlords pull this stunt. :cursing:
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  7. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    It was for a different reason but I learned long ago that a delapidation survey is essential in these types of agreements.
  8. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    On strategy is simply not to pay the last month's or whatever rent when you give notice. Be above board and say "you have the last month's rent as deposit so we're quits"
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  9. Bollo

    Bollo Chaaaaaa!

    A bit off-topic, but when I was a student in London many years ago we rented a flat from a very very dodgy Kuwaiti guy. Rent was always in cash and I’m sure he wasn’t excited by consecutively numbered notes. At the end of the tenancy we went to pick up the deposit only to find he’d done a bunk and gone home. To Kuwait. June 1990. Wonder if he survived, the b@stard.
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  10. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    Except that strategy isn’t fair.

    Mr R had a delapidation survey done on the house in Newmarket. An independent third party identified £1,500 worth of damage (outside of normal wear and tear) which had to be paid for - in this case out of the deposit. If the tenant had refused to pay the last month’s rent then Mr R would have been stuck with that bill.

    In the London flat, a survey identified about £100 worth of damage - but we gave the whole deposit back as they’d been good tenants and behaved reasonably.
  11. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    I wish you well in sticking it to the scum landlord, but I predict you will fail.

    He will be expert at the lying and obfuscation needed to face you down meaning you will lose the will - or run out of the resources needed - to fight before he does.
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  12. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    But why should a known dodgy landlord be the one holding the money and de facto sole arbiter of whether he chooses to keep it?

    I sympathise with you on your apparently bad tennants, but I've heard so many tales of landlords moaning when a crappy MFI sofa is knackered after five lads have been sitting on it for 5 years
  13. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    Luckily I have a nephew who is a solicitor, and who is quite willing to print off a template letter for a couple of pints. So far, the score is Students 7, Landlords nil. They really are the worst kind of grabbing bastard. But they tend to cave in at the sight of having to prove ridiculous claims.
  14. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I thought the deposit had to be lodged by law, if it was not then the tenant has law on their side.
  15. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    That’s why the law was changed and the deposit protection scheme introduced.

    Yes - there are shitty landlords.... but there’s also shitty tenants.
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