14:25 PM, 19th October 2017, About 4 years ago 5
I am a landlord who is trying to help 4 students one of whom is a family friend. Two of the students had been renting the property the previous year.
In June 2017 they took out a new tenancy for the house with two other students from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018. As is often the case they were asked to pay half rent for July and August 2017. They had already paid full rent for June 2017.
Being students they all left the second week in June to return home. The two students who had been there last year left their personal possessions in the property. They found out in August that their landlord had been renting the house out over the summer on Airbnb.
She had put some possessions in unlocked cupboards and some in an unlocked study. My contention is that she had no right to rent the property out on Airbnb, she admits she did it and doesn’t see it as an issue, “its her property”.
The girls tried to sort it out with their Landlord and she did return their rent and paid a meagre sum for distress of the two girls that had their possessions abused and left to be picked over by strangers, £500 between the two of them.
On returning they have found some possessions to be lost or damaged and she has refused to compensate them further. All discussions took place on email and were suffixed “without prejudice”.
Are they able to take her to court for what she has done?
What would be the correct grounds?
Where would they be able to get no win, no fee advice to help them? They are students and finances are tight.
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