Dodgy Landlord in Leeds - Result of Court Case Watch

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* apologies for double thread but I felt this was applicable to students from both uni's..

As some of you may remember, I posted a few months ago regarding my very dishonourable landlord and the fact he witheld our deposits on false grounds, ie, that we had broken furniture, left items and damaged kitchen worksurfaces...

Well we had the court hearing today, and I won!!
The judge appeared quite disgusted the case had even got to court, bearing in mind the landlord had failed to co-operate / offer explanation of the `damage` deductions, had no evidence, couldn't answer my questions (or the judge's) and was basically a waste of space. They didn't even bother sending the actual owner - who was named on the court papers - they sent a useless manager.

So beware! :eek:

My ex-housemate is writing a piece for the Leeds Student, for publication during next years Dec / Jan househunting rush (we can now name the property agency publicly now we have a judgement in our favour - he really didn't think this through) but if anyone wants the agency's name before, so you know who to avoid, just PM me.

And for students renting...
* Always photograph every inch of the property upon moving in and moving out
* Report any slight breakage / damage / something not working promptly
* Keep records of everything regarding the property
* INSIST on being present at the final inspection with the landlord
* Fill in an inventory upon moving in, and be detailed and thorough
* Use Unipol approved landlords; I did not, and its turns out my old landlord had been blacklisted - I would have avoided all this with a bit of research

And if you're having problems and you're genuinely not at fault, take it further - its only eighty pounds to lodge an action for small claims courts, which you recover from the other party if you win.

So many people have told me of how they were also ripped off by landlords - don't stand for it!!!!!
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Thanks for the info. Will come in very useful for me when i decide to get a house. i'm really pleased you won, congratulations! The student wins and actually matters for once.

Well done.
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Thanks for the info. Will come in very useful for me when i decide to get a house. i'm really pleased you won, congratulations! The student wins and actually matters for once.

Well done.
Thankyou

I was determined not to let it go on principle - if we'd actually damaged something, and they were just taking the p*** a bit with the amounts charged, I would probably have just let it go, but making up blatant lies was just a step too far!!!!!

You're welcome for the information, and if you want the name of the landlord nearer the time to warn your friends, PM me.
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Bump

Just going to bump this post once so can try get as many people to read this as possible!! Won't do it again promise! :p:

Got my cheque yesterday - we didnt get it by the deadline, so we went around and pretty much sat it out until they wrote the cheque, just hoping it actually clears lol!!
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(Original post by ellewoods)
* apologies for double thread but I felt this was applicable to students from both uni's..

As some of you may remember, I posted a few months ago regarding my very dishonourable landlord and the fact he witheld our deposits on false grounds, ie, that we had broken furniture, left items and damaged kitchen worksurfaces...

Well we had the court hearing today, and I won!!
The judge appeared quite disgusted the case had even got to court, bearing in mind the landlord had failed to co-operate / offer explanation of the `damage` deductions, had no evidence, couldn't answer my questions (or the judge's) and was basically a waste of space. They didn't even bother sending the actual owner - who was named on the court papers - they sent a useless manager.

So beware! :eek:

My ex-housemate is writing a piece for the Leeds Student, for publication during next years Dec / Jan househunting rush (we can now name the property agency publicly now we have a judgement in our favour - he really didn't think this through) but if anyone wants the agency's name before, so you know who to avoid, just PM me.

And for students renting...
* Always photograph every inch of the property upon moving in and moving out
* Report any slight breakage / damage / something not working promptly
* Keep records of everything regarding the property
* INSIST on being present at the final inspection with the landlord
* Fill in an inventory upon moving in, and be detailed and thorough
* Use Unipol approved landlords; I did not, and its turns out my old landlord had been blacklisted - I would have avoided all this with a bit of research

And if you're having problems and you're genuinely not at fault, take it further - its only eighty pounds to lodge an action for small claims courts, which you recover from the other party if you win.

So many people have told me of how they were also ripped off by landlords - don't stand for it!!!!!
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Thanks so much for this post. I will rep you for it! I have just signed a tenancy contract today, and wish to avoid the wrath of the wily-seeming landlady!
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Thanks so much for this post. I will rep you for it! I have just signed a tenancy contract today, and wish to avoid the wrath of the wily-seeming landlady!
Thank you!!!!

We had such a nightmare with our landlord, it really put a dampner on my final year at uni as I was trying to sort it all out (we lived in his property in second year) and I wouldn't want anyone else to go through it!!!

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http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ind...s_campaign.htm

That **** about your depoits, but happy that you got it back. They prob would not of sent the 'landlord' to court as it seems that you rented from an agent, so they are responsible for collect all monies etc.

My landlord was ace, no deposit, was very nice, got everything sorted. So there are good ones out there.

FYI: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ind...s_campaign.htm
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