12:05 PM, 23rd December 2013, About 9 years ago 10
My name is Matthew and I a rented a property in Thornton Heath CR7. I am 3 months rent in arrears to make that clear.
I have lived at the property since April 2012 paying rent on time every month until 3 months ago. The Croydon council were doing maintenance work and noticed the cottage at the rear of the property, which is where I was renting. They informed me that the property I lived in did not exist on their plans!
The council then informed me that the house had been built illegally without any planning permission and did not have any concrete foundations so it was classified as a shed! This being unsuitable for human habitation and that I would more than likely have to vacate the property within 6 months!
When trying repeatedly for 4 months to get hold of my landlady I never managed to once! Then 3/4 weeks ago her husband came to the door and said I had to leave the property within a week! He then came back a week later and started swearing and shouting to get out of his house. That weekend they turned my water and electricity off without any written permission from anyone. I then contacted the police, the council and citizens advice bureau of Croydon to let them know what had happened.
I had an electrician come out and turn the electricity back on and I turned the water on at the stopcock myself under advice from Thames water. On Wednesday while I was at work the landlord came to my property and woke my roommate up after entering the premises themselves! He attempted to phone 999 at which point her and 3 hired men took his phone away, they only have it back once he had exited the property!
They then changed all the locks and three everything that I owned out of the building. I then left work and came home and when I got there the locks had been changed and all my property was outside! I jumped over the fence and entered the house and asked them to leave, he then grabbed me by the neck and threw me out! I phoned the police and they came and arrested him for assault at which point he claimed I came in with a knife so the police have dropped the charge as it is my word against his!
After returning from the police station to give statements it was pitch black! The policemen asked the landlady to put my stuff back inside as it was going to get damaged! They refused. That night it rained so ferociously that everything I own is destroyed! I have nowhere to leave it and it poured with rain again on Thursday and today! I am staying at a friends house but my property is still at my old house! I need urgent help.
Thanks very much. Matt