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Deposit Problems / Re: Get my deposit back
« Last post by India on August 09, 2016, 11:35:14 AM »
Hi Just an update.  I was able to find a registered correspondance address for my LL in the UK and I sent him a letter to where he lives in Spain that I was going to take court action against him in the UK and that he might lose his house.  He's agreed to return me the money. I also threatened him (politely) in the letter that I would be adding damages to a small claims against him and that he might lose his house if he didn't pay me.  I'm just waiting for the money to clear now. 

Thanks for all the help everyone!
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Deposit Problems / Re: Letting agents issue re deposit
« Last post by RachaelS on July 28, 2016, 03:55:56 PM »
Come on Alex, that's pretty mean.  Not everyone lives in the South East. 

Wildingbe, what happened?  Did you contact the landlord at all or was it just through the letting agent?

Rachael
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Deposit Problems / Re: £700 for professional cleaning!!!!!
« Last post by john85_islington on July 28, 2016, 03:51:20 PM »
Hi Nat,

How long ago did you move out?  Did your landlord register your deposit in a Deposit protection scheme?  This is really important information since it will determine how to proceed in trying ot get the money back.

J
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Agency Fees / Re: Reference Check fee-I'm being robbed
« Last post by john85_islington on July 28, 2016, 03:49:15 PM »
Hi David,

I'm not saying that you should do this but have you thought about threatening them with a Subject Access Request? 
https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1065/subject-access-code-of-practice.pdf

I did it a couple of years ago and told the agency politely that I could get an SAR for £10.  It'd take them quite a while to comply so they backed down and waived the reference check fee.  They did add though some face-saving line about "It's harder than it looks hence we need to rob you" 

Just a thought. 

John
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Deposit Problems / £700 for professional cleaning!!!!!
« Last post by Nat on July 06, 2016, 03:42:35 PM »
Can anyone help me? 

My friend and I spent ages cleaning our flat and the letting agent said it was filthy and charged us £700!!  I feel insulted and robbed, the place was spotless when we left.  What can we do?  I'm changing jobs and need the money back. I didn't budget for this  >:(
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Agency Fees / Reference Check fee-I'm being robbed
« Last post by DavidR on July 06, 2016, 03:38:43 PM »
Hi, 

Most people in my town are getting robbed with reference checks with letting agents charging £30 per person to day we have no rent arrears.  My family are going to move soon and stand to lose a few hundred on referencing.  Can we do anything about it?  It's just a stupid form to day we've paid up on time. 

David
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Agency Fees / Re: Agency Fees
« Last post by john85_islington on July 06, 2016, 03:35:04 PM »
Just be careful, if you get found out there might be problems later.
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Agency Fees / Re: No Fees?
« Last post by john85_islington on July 06, 2016, 03:33:59 PM »
I know this sounds a little stupid but what about Gumtree? 

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Housing Repairs / Re: Can anyone help me?
« Last post by Becky on July 01, 2016, 09:33:14 PM »
Hi Ana,

That sounds really bad. I feel really sorry for you.  Your council should have a duty of care to house you especially if you have children which you do.  Since the Tories cam to power in 2010 they sold off even more of the housing stock or took it out of local authority control. You should have the name of the housing association who is managing your property. 

The best thing to do would be to contact environmental health and the Health and Safety Executive who will arrange an inspection.  Do it asap because the conditions you describe are completely unacceptable. 

Ana
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Agency Fees / Re: Landlord spying on me
« Last post by Becky on July 01, 2016, 09:29:01 PM »
Hey Alex,

That sounds awful?  Did you pay him?  I think that its harassment plain and simple.  You should tell him to respect your privacy or you will report him to the council and the police.  If they think you're a push over they'll just keep doing it to you.   

B
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