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    • MissB2017
    • By MissB2017 2nd Dec 17, 6:51 PM
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    Lodger Advice needed
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    • 2nd Dec 17, 6:51 PM
    Lodger Advice needed 2nd Dec 17 at 6:51 PM
    Hi

    I currently rent a room off a live in landlady, I was given my notice in October to vacate by 1st January 2018 due to her change in circumstances.

    I am due to move on 17th Dec, I have secured a place although a bit concerned that I'm being played. So I'll either be going back to family or to my new house, I won't know until 15th when I am due to collect keys.

    Today I had my room inspection, I have dated photos and my own inspection of the room too. There is a large hole in one piece of skirting board and damp. I am also being charged as the bed is wonky and for a new mattress (but with the option of taking the current bed etc with me) my LL and her friend did a rough pricing up as they said due to the age of the house it will need to be re-plastered when they replace the whole skirting board.

    Apparently it won't match if the whole room isn't done. The calculated amount I owe on top of my deposit is £300 and she wants this before I move, if I say that I am disputing the payments she will call the police to get me removed as I have no rights as a lodger.

    Is this correct?

    I have been a lodger that kept herself to herself, paid on time and didn't cause any trouble. There is damp in the room due to age of the house but I'm being held responsible for not keeping on top of it. As for the hole in the skirting, I don't recall bashing it but have no proof and the room wasn't freshly painted before I arrived. My only dispute is that the cost on top of my deposit seems high as the work needed might not be as costly and is 10% correct when taking into account fair wear and tear, plus avoiding bettering herself.

    I am at a loss of what to do, I could go back to family while I'm off work until 14th (start a new job) but then the amount it would cost me would be close to £300 anyway as I'd need to contribute to the rent there.

    Or I stay here until 17th an just pay up?

    I do get free legal advice through my Union but from what I understand I have no rights anyway as a lodger. Shelter pretty much told me that too.
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    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 3rd Dec 17, 7:57 PM
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    cjdavies
    That's still no excuse for physical violence.
    Originally posted by Slithery
    I'm going way off topic here and speaking hypothetical:
    A mate is being beaten by 2 people, can't defend against 2, you phone the Police, but the damage is still taking place. Do you just stand there and watch and wait for the Police? Even trying to stop it verbally is not going to do anything.
    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 13th Dec 17, 10:22 AM
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    Comms69
    I'm going way off topic here and speaking hypothetical:
    A mate is being beaten by 2 people, can't defend against 2, you phone the Police, but the damage is still taking place. Do you just stand there and watch and wait for the Police? Even trying to stop it verbally is not going to do anything.
    Originally posted by cjdavies
    That's self defence / defence of another.


    Violence is taking place.
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