Hi, I'm in a real pickle.
I'm a few weeks behind with rent (4) which I was going to
settle Saturday as my landlord insists in being paid in cash
and I work full-time.
I have not received any calls or letters from the landlord until
yesterday evening when I found a small claims court bill
pushed under my door.
The total amout is £1324 of which £140 are for the letter and
The last time I paid the landlord, I neglected to get him to
sign in his book that he had received the funds. I recognise
this was my own stupid fault as I was going on trust.
That aside the landlord is now seeking to change the locks
thereby evicting me before a court hearing and without
I know this is illegal but having read through my contract,
I found the following term
'I, Mr X, AGREE NOT TO TAKE ANY LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE LANDLORD(S) OR HIS/THEIR AGENT(S) IF MY DOOR's LOCK IS CHANGED, IN SO DOING, PREVENTING ME TO ENTER INTO THE PROPERTY. THIS ACTION WILL BE JUSTIFIED IF MY RENT ARREARS OR OTHER OUTSTANDING; ie bills, arrears charges, cleaning charges etc., AMOUNT TO THE EQUIVALENT OF TWO WEEKS RENT OR MORE. I ALSO AGREE TO PAY THE LANDLORD £75 FOR ALL COSTS INCURRED.
Having read read a little of the 'guidance of unfair terms in
tenancy agreements' this looks to certainly tip the balance in favour of the landlord.
Is this legal, please help as I'm afraid to go to work in case
I can't get in again.