Business 11 May 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44041999 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Millions of people pay monthly rent to a landlord for a room or a home, but many will be unclear about their rights as a tenant.BBC News asked … [Read more...] about Can a landlord kick me out?
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PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 March 2019 Miguel Rodriguez Housing campaigners are calling for better protection for tenants. Picture: Ben Birchall PA Archive/PA Images Just six per cent of tenants who complain to Newham Council about bad housing conditions get protection against revenge evictions, figures reveal. Housing campaign group Generation Rent has warned that local authorities are failing to use their full powers to protect renters.Data obtained by Generation Rent, through a Freedom of Information request, shows that Newham Council received 877 complaints from renters claiming sub-standard living conditions, between April 2017 and March 2018.However, the local authority only issued 52 improvement notices to landlords. Current regulations allow landlords to evict tenants without a reason, which is known as a section 21 eviction.But section 21 evictions are invalid for six months if the council serves an improvement notice on the property.This is designed to … [Read more...] about Tenants complaining about conditions rarely given protection against revenge evictions
Rogue landlords have escaped prosecution for illegal evictions because laws protecting tenants are not being enforced, a survey has found. The research reveals that only a fraction of complaints are investigated by police. Of 153 cases reported to prosecutors between 2013 and 2018, as few as five per cent resulted in a conviction. That compared to an average of 86 per cent for other crimes, including 92 per cent for shoplifting and 39 per cent for rape. Wrongly evicted tenants normally return to their properties to find the locks changed and valuables and possessions out on the street. It is illegal to evict a tenant without a court order or serving a notice. Edinburgh-based law researcher Shaun McPhee, who specialises in helping tenants in landlord disputes, carried out the study and was shocked by his findings. Shaun said Police Scotland, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service and local authorities are not doing enough to help tenants get justice despite having legislation … [Read more...] about Scandal of illegal eviction landlords as only 5% of cases leads to prosecution
0 Have your say One in five private renters in Scotland have put down an unprotected deposit on their tenancy in the past five years, despite a series of government-approved schemes set up to safeguard their money. A Scottish Government review of the tenancy deposit scheme found nearly one in three people did not have their deposit returned in full, with the vast majority of those not pursuing a dispute process. A leading tenants’ union told Scotland on Sunday people are waiting five months to receive their money due to a system which “isn’t good enough”.The review marks the first analysis of the deposit initiative since it was rolled out seven years ago in an attempt to put a stop to landlords and letting agents holding on to tenants’ money on false grounds. Instead, the money is transferred to approved third party companies. However, the experience of renters who took part in the review indicates that the regulations are not being … [Read more...] about One in five tenants fail to safeguard their deposit
National housing charity Threshold has said that the illegal retention of deposits continues to be an issue for tenants in the private rented sector - and warned that it can even be the first step towards homelessness. According to the Residential Tenancies Board's recent report, 1,234 dispute resolution cases related to deposit retention. One young tenant has told Independent.ie how she recently had €180 taken out of her deposit to cover cleaning costs, despite thoroughly cleaning the property before moving out. Pictures furnished proved the house was in a good, clean condition when she left and there was no damage done to any part of the property. The tenant repeatedly asked the estate agent handling the rental to furnish an invoice in respect of the cleaning service. She was eventually sent a copy of the invoice by email three weeks later. It was handwritten and from a company based in Dublin 22. However, no such company is registered with the Companies Registration Office and … [Read more...] about Some landlords issuing tenants with bogus invoices to deduct money from deposits