Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary – now available on iPlayer22:10 PM, 18th March 2019
About A week ago 99
I was living in rented house for over 5 years with my brother and sister in law. About a year ago they have moved out so I decided to sublet my rooms to strangers.
My contract does not allow me to do it, but my private landlord knew about it, as this was the only way for me to pay all bills on time.
The Landlord had no problems with me for 5 years so he was accepting the current subletting situation (without any written changes to my contract). A couple who moved in as a subtenants became trouble makers and my landlord decided to give me section 21.
My landlord told me to move out and to get rid of those people (who had a baby in the mean time) but they went to Council for help to claim single mother’s status (no comment).
Together with landlord we were trying to finish it but the lady refused any help or to move out hoping to “overtake that house with Council’s help”. I have moved out according to received notice, but the lady with baby stayed behind.
I got advice from third solicitor that I have seen, to send keys to landlord with note that this is “terminating my tenancy on that property” According to that solicitor those subtenants were not mine, but landlord’s problem due to blessing from him, so they have effectively became his tenants not mine subtenants. Three months later I just got letter from my landlord asking me to cover £6000 bill (£2k legal cost, £4k for 3 months lost rent because that is how long it took him to regain property).
The solicitor that gave me previous advice is asking now for really silly money if I want to continue with them, but they were the only ones who told me that from moment of sending back keys I am not responsible for that property or people who “stayed behind” because that was with landlord’s blessing.
Is that the truth? Unfortunately I can’t confirm it anywhere and I am worried that this letter from landlord is a first step before taking me to Small Claim Court .
Is he right to ask me for that money, and if he take me to court what are the chances to win / lose it.
Many Thanks for any reply
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