11:21 AM, 19th February 2019, About 2 years ago 20
Letter to Gareth Johnson Member of Parliament for Dartford:
Lastly, there is the position of ‘Legal Blackmail’ – again, usually perpetrated by Conditional Fee Arrangement (No-win, no-fee) Solicitors.
The ‘trap’ will be a landlord who hasn’t protected a tenant’s deposit within 30 days, which of course can’t be condoned. However, CFA solicitors are advertising on hoarding boards for tenants who haven’t had their deposits dealt with in accordance with the law to contact them for up to several times their deposit back at no cost to the tenant. The legal costs being awarded against the landlord.
The solicitor then contacts the landlord and points out the potential worse case scenario financially at court, including an inflated estimate of their costs, and offers to settle the case for half that amount. Is the UK following the American litigation culture? It would seem so.
Defaulting tenants and their legal-aid solicitors should follow Mr Tusk on an expedition to a place he knows so well.
I eagerly await your response to my concerns about the lack of housing justice for landlords, as enough is repetitively heard about injustice for tenants, which in short seems related to insufficient housing provision by successive governments.
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