10:45 AM, 21st May 2019, About 3 years ago 5
I decided to rent my property, as I was moving to India for an year to take care of my ill parents. I’ve handed over my property keys to the letting agent who I know and said that he has recently started his own letting agency, we’ve agreed on a fully managed service.
Things I came to know later, the agent who took the keys from me doesn’t own a letting agency, but using his friend’s agency.
The house is let without my consent and I’m told that the tenant is a friend of the so called letting agent, main point to be noted here there was no referencing done for the tenant.
I’ve asked for a contract and I’m told that they don’t do an agency and landlord contract. After the first month the tenant has said that he can’t pay the rent till 20th of every month, the agent has agreed and not let me know. I keep sending him emails and messages for the rent for which he hardly responds.
Into 5 months now the tenant has stopped paying rent and by the time the S8 is served, we have 3 months of rent in arrears and by the time of possession order we are 5 months in arrears.
Current situation: The tenant has passed his 14 days period and we are waiting for him to vacate the property, will be going to bailiffs in a day or two.
1. Can I sue the agent who took the keys from me saying he has his own company. (Fraud/ criminal case)
2. Can I sue the agency for not referencing the tenant.
3. Can I claim damages from the agency for all the emotional and financial stress/ distress he has caused my family (including my parents).
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