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    Quote Originally Posted by jta View Post
    Keep the rent safe because it will be due as soon as the landlord complies wit the law
    Does this still apply as I will no longer be living there (and have been illegally evicted)? I'm going to have to pay to rent another place.

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    Hmm, but will a court agree you have been illegally evicted if you leave voluntarily tomorrow? Then it's simply down to harassment (still a criminal offence).

    If you haven't been evicted and haven't given due notice, then on the face of it your tenancy (and liability for rent) continues. Only a judge could decide if your actions were reasonable. I suspect a judge would agree but there are no guarantees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ks11 View Post
    Thanks a lot. I called the council and they said they don't have an officer and I couldn't find an appropriate number for the life of me.
    So you rang the number on the website - 020 7926 4200 - and they said no, sorry can't help, wrong number, nothing to do with illegal eviction. And you rang the main council number and they said no, sorry can't help, illegal eviction nothing to do with us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by westminster View Post
    So you rang the number on the website - 020 7926 4200 - and they said no, sorry can't help, wrong number, nothing to do with illegal eviction. And you rang the main council number and they said no, sorry can't help, illegal eviction nothing to do with us?
    This couldn't be Kitty Kat playing with us again could it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by westminster View Post
    So you rang the number on the website - 020 7926 4200 - and they said no, sorry can't help, wrong number, nothing to do with illegal eviction. And you rang the main council number and they said no, sorry can't help, illegal eviction nothing to do with us?
    I phoned 02073839800 which is on their website as housing disputes or something and and spoke to a solicitor who said they only help people with leases of 21 years or more. She didn't have a number for me and advised me to use google. I then called the main number and asked for the tenancy relations officer and was told Lambeth don't have one, which I accepted as truth (why wouldn't I?) and stopped looking.

    Why are you so interested in my trivial conversations with the council?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snorkerz View Post
    Hmm, but will a court agree you have been illegally evicted if you leave voluntarily tomorrow? Then it's simply down to harassment (still a criminal offence).

    If you haven't been evicted and haven't given due notice, then on the face of it your tenancy (and liability for rent) continues. Only a judge could decide if your actions were reasonable. I suspect a judge would agree but there are no guarantees.
    I would say that expecting me to stay and risk my health would be entirely unreasonable. The only reasonable course of action I can take (in my opinion) is to leave and pursue legal recourse. If I take those steps and am held liable for rent on a property in which I am not safe because of my landlady and her associates' illegal behaviour then there is something very wrong with the law.

    I've done nothing wrong the law should be on my side.

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    Woohoo ks11 - your entire post simply echoes my last line, but it would be irresponsible of me not to draw to your attention that what you think is reasonable may not be the same as a judge - and his decision trumps yours!

    You seem to have gone very defensive - the people on here are only trying to ensure that you have taken the actions you should to protect yourself. I gave you a link above http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/H...Harassment.htm which includes in the 'what can I do' section the number 020 7926 4200 that Westminster refers to. If you haven't called that number then you are really not protecting yourself.

    I would hope that the people on the 020 7926 4200 number would not be limited to tenancies in excess of 21 years - as that would cover a teeny tiny minority of the population of Lambeth. I'd be surprised if there were more than 40 people in the town with private tenancies that long. The number you called had nothing to do with private tenancies - that was the Leasehold Advisory Service. Speak to the right people, get the right advice.

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    My last post in reply to you was simply me speaking my mind, having a chat. I realise that my opinion is trumped by the opinion of the judge, I was just giving my opinion anyway.

    My reply to Westminster was a little more tired I admit. Westminster you've been a great help previously and I've tried to say how grateful I am for your previous replies over and over and forgive me if I misinterpreted your post but it seemed like you were being sarcastic and possibly implying that I wasn't trying to help myself, I'm being lazy or that I'm a bit dippy. I felt that that is slightly uncalled for considering what I've been through in the last few days.

    So you know, after waking up at 11am on Friday (because I was up til 3am with the police ect), I visited 3 solicitors offices in person, explained everything to receptionists so they would try and find someone to see me urgently and got turned away by each because they were at capacity (which took me to 5pm otherwise I would have gone to a fourth). I emailed, called and booked an appointment with the Legal Clinic at my university and have free legal advice booked for Monday at 6. I contacted the president of the university law society who is my friend and sent a scanned copy of my tenancy and details of the situation to him which he is taking to friends he knows at a city law firm. I placed a classified ad for van hire. I bought boxes and tape to move house. I called the council twice. And I did a whole load of other stuff (researching myself, discussing with other tenant, talking to relatives ect.) That was my Friday, I cannot call these offices on the weekend because they're closed but I did spend a lot of my time speaking to friends about whether they can put me up for a bit and where I can store my stuff. Not to mention I'm generally quite stressed out and not sleeping well.

    So you're right I didn't appreciate the implication. I may have made a mistake but I'm trying my best and thought I was doing everything I could.

    That being said I don't think I was rude, I just made the point that that post wasn't helping.

    I will definitely call the council on the correct number tomorrow. Thanks again for all your help everyone. If it wasn't for you guys and girls my stress levels would have been A LOT higher so it really is appreciated.

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    'Phone Shelter 0808 800 4444 they are open weekends ... Free helpline.
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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