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  • Evicting tenants
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  • Landlord/Tenant disputes
  • Residential Tenancy Agreements
  • Unlawful eviction

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Landlord and Tenant Law Questions

I have been renting out a flat for years. For the first time recently a tenant left owing hundreds of pounds in rent. How can I recover this money owing to me? He also took fixtures and fittings without permission.

We live in a property owned by a housing association. They’ve fitted new wiring and a new kitchen and bathroom. Unfortunately my partner has been in arrears with the rent, and they’ve now told us that it’s down to us to carry out all the repairs and redecoration required after all this heavy work has been completed. Can this be right?

My grand-daughter is a student and is sharing a house with three others. She signed a tenancy agreement accepting responsibility, among other things, for maintaining the drains. Recently they had to pay £180 between them to have these cleared. Is it right that a landlord should expect young students to be responsible for drains?

My daughter rents a room in a house-share. She is a careful tenant, but feels harassed by the landlord, who frequently goes into the house when he knows the tenants are at work. What is the best way of dealing with this?

We are a group of pensioners living in sheltered housing accommodation run by a housing association. We consider we pay a high rent and service charge. Are we entitled to demand that the housing association produces an annual audited statement showing how and where our service charge money is spent? It claims it is non-profit making.

My son is currently living in a tied cottage provided by his employer. What’s the minimum amount of notice he can be given to move out? He says he’s paid monthly, so he should be given a month, but he’s been told that other managers have been given what’s known as “garden leave” and could be told to vacate the property immediately.

We live in a block of four flats. Our tenancy agreements say we’re obliged to take out insurance, but when a fire damaged the block recently it emerged that the tenants of the flat where the fire started weren’t insured. Who can we claim compensation from in the circumstances?

I have owned my home for more than 30 years, but after being made redundant last year I decided to rent out my property and move in with my girlfriend. If I sell my home next year, would I be liable to pay Capital Gains Tax?

We paid a £500 deposit to a property management agent to rent an office. £125 of the money was to have a lease drawn up, with the rest being a month’s rent in advance. In the event we decided not to proceed, and didn’t sign the lease. But the agent refuses to return the rent. Can we take them to court for the return of the money?

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