When to contact your solicitor about your landlord

Moving to a new house can be an incredibly stressful time, there’s so much that can go wrong. Delivery vans can overcharge or not turn up, things can break in transit or there’s a lot of stairs to carry your belongings up. The last thing you need is a Landlord that’s unprofessional and causing excess grief, but when exactly do you contact a solicitor to sort your disputes?

Here’s a couple of signs that you might need to bring a lawyer in.

How are their interactions with you?

Normally private tenancy landlords need to have a level of professionalism about them, after all for some this is also a business and a good company has happy customers. If they’re gruff, evasive or in the worst case, downright aggressive to you, then contact a lawyer.

Just because you’re renting their house doesn’t mean you need to take any kind of abuse. The same applies to landlords that don’t respect privacy and won’t leave you alone, they legally need to give you 24 hours’ notice before any visit, they can’t just drop on by unannounced. You’re their tenant, not their family.

This is especially important if you’re suffering from any long-term mental health issues like anxiety, if they don’t respect your wishes from day one then you need to seek help.

Are they claiming damage to the property?

Most landlords are fairly open to damage to their property as long as it’s nothing too major that will prevent them from potentially selling on their house. However, if you have someone that comes in and nit-picks things like dust around the door or starts to claim damage that was there when you moved or is non-existent, that’s when you have a problem.

A good tip is to take photographs of everything when you move in and when you leave, this will help your legal team argue any disputes over damages that might crop up.

Are there disputes around the deposit?

Continuing from damages, any disrepair is always taken out of your deposit at the end of your tenancy and the amount and what it covers is always discussed before the final inspection. This way both parties can be satisfied with the state of the property when the keys are handed over.

However, this doesn’t stop some landlords from trying to pry out a few extra quid from you before you leave. They should always handle the deposit transaction digitally for administration purposes so that both parties can verify the amount was handed over. They should also place your money in a protected account so it’s guaranteed that you will get your money when you leave. If they try to give you cash in hand you should refuse as they’re breaking the basic rules of your tenancy agreement.

If your landlord is showing any of these signs, then don’t hesitate to contact legal representation as you might be able to be compensated for their less than professional behaviour.

Andy