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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
When I was splitting from husband I stupidly signed up for a 2 year lease. My head was in the wrong place at time and I signed it on day I was mob=ving and never noticed till after rent went from £850 to £1000 a month. Plus I was told bills were average - its a detached large listed building, single glazing, no insulation and at moment the igures the suppliers set of £79,50 a month for gas and £39.50 for electrc are way too low - looks like electric is double and gas triple. Could do a uswitch because they say at tht gas consumption I should be on a business tariff! Getting gas company out to check meter though. Anyway tried to get out of my lease cos I cannot afford the place and its easting at house proceeds from divorce but landlord wants £9000. Does anyone know way out of it? If I left the country and moved to America could he chase me for the money? Would I then ever be able to come back to uk? At moment my mum stays with me and provides childcare so I can work, and I have 2 toddlers.


Oh yeah, loaction scotland, solicitor says lease is iron clad. There is a clause for bankruptcy, lease ends next JuneJuly. Landlord is poor at getting things repaired - some of my windows dont open, others are jammed open. He said when I text him re the windows in February that he would get a joiner round but no sign. I always have to keep chasing him as he never checks back with tradesmen.

Can I sell on lease or is that at discretion of landlord? If I stop working cos i loose my childcare (Cant afford to pay my mum), (My current contract ends on Wednesday but they will re-new), will I get help from government cos at moment my outgoings are more than my income, I hardly see my 2 or 3 year olds, and live about 40 miles away from work, dont drive and have to pay my lift £120 a month for lifts.

Any thoughts appreciated cos I want out of this lease cos at this price I would be able to move closer to work cos of expensive bills, higher rent, transportation costs, time away from home and inability to do overtime cos public transport is expensive and owuld mean i dont see my kids and may have to stay with family near work cos getting home is difficult cos public transport in my area is very poor.

Thoughts or advise welcomed. My landlord and his agent knew I was splitting and removal van was outside when I signed. Dont have a screenshot of page showing rent of £850....

Yes I know I am stupid but had depression from having kids and being isolated, marriage breaking up etc so wasnt thinking straight, just knew I needed to get space and to show husband I was fed up with him cheating on me and his false promises and to show I was serious.

Cheers
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
OMG thats shocking just of a matter of intrest where in scotland are u ?

anyway have u claimed working and child tax credits yet to top up your income

try a tax rebate on your travelling expenses

try this see if it helps http://www.relocatedirect.co.uk/rentinginscotland.php

if no joy go to CAB or try shelter
http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/advice/advice-6305.cfm

if I was you I would go down the road that the landloard is not fufilling his duty repairs ect

if the worse comes to the worse what are they going to do to u they wouldn't jail you in scotland take you to court for a debt offer to pay £5 a week maybe for years but its an offer so they will have to accept

or just move and don't tell the landlord where 2 :whistling::thumbsup:

let us know how u get on x
#2
Cant help with anything except the sugestion that if your mum is not working is she over 60? or do either of you claim benefit? if you do you should be able to get your insulation done cheap if not free. not 100% sure if the same rules apply in scotland as they do in England. Anyway i know this isnt the main issue you have but if all else fails at least it might bring your heatting bills down a little. Ask your supplier about loft and cavity wall (although if its an old building i should think you dont have cavity walls)
Good luck in finding a solution to your problems;-)
#3
I think you need to seek advise on whether your landlord can be forced to maintain the property, then it may be worth a chat with him to explain that you plan to force him to do the maintenance required there is a good chance he would be prepared to get rid of you to save the expense of a huge maintenance bill!
banned#4
£240 per month on gas! Have you got any doors & windows ;)

That is ridiculous as mine is about £40 per month and thats in winter (4 bed detached).
[mod]#5
I think this is terrible, definately seek further advice - your landlord has an obligation to keep the property in good repair and maintain it. Surely - that is part of the tenancy. One thing i would say - if your asking your landlord to do something - follow up with a letter - always leave a paper trail!
#6
Go to citizens advice and they should be able to help you as they have their own solicitors and it is free. Good luck. :thumbsup:
#8
sophie***
Go to citizens advice and they should be able to help you as they have their own solicitors and it is free. Good luck. :thumbsup:

Excellent advice. Good luck.
#9
Cheers for all the info - will have a proper read through tonight. Location in Scotland - a suddenly famous little village due to the stories in the news the last day or two - and not the beach location....
#10
If you had written a letter, instead of Texting, then you might have had a chance with the "not fulfilling repairs" route.
But without a paper-trail he is likely to just deny you ever asked, if it came to proceedings.

If you plan on that route, write a letter right now (copied and recorded-post), and see if it ever gets fixed.
If it doesnt thats an option.
#11
We've also got a moose loose aboot the hoose - becuase its an old listed building in the country is this just one of the accepted risks and we have to deal with it, or something landlord should deal with? Little ****** has been spotted in kitchen a few times and now hes been in our living room at least twice tonight....the landlord got new central heating put in cos british gas wouldnt give him cert on last system cos it was so old and the workmen havent filled in the walls properly round new pipes etc so it could have crawled in through one of them....
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Hey caught the mouse - its benn around for about week and was stating to feel like one of the family popping in and out of living room several times in evenings but with toddlers I couldnt let him stay! I ordered humane mouse traps and laid them out around tea time and caught him this evening so we took him on a short walk and let him out near some fields. Just hoping we only had one but will keep the traps incase he moved his family in, or thety are getting in that hole left by the gas engineer!
#13
nikkiandmidgets
Hey caught the mouse - its benn around for about week and was stating to feel like one of the family popping in and out of living room several times in evenings but with toddlers I couldnt let him stay! I ordered humane mouse traps and laid them out around tea time and caught him this evening so we took him on a short walk and let him out near some fields. Just hoping we only had one but will keep the traps incase he moved his family in, or thety are getting in that hole left by the gas engineer!


Rep for you for being a true hero in the face of adversity. :thumbsup:
Your kids are lucky.

kind regards and loads of respect :)
#14
Cheers - got to get finger out of backside and get letters written - got form to fill in for rent assistance too - its huge! Plus need to start advertising stuff for sale but with hassle of posting phots and making up a price may just stick to gumtree or fleabay (slighly easier). Went a bit nuts with online shopping this last year - very therapuetic but wont recoup the cash selling it all now, and sooo much hassle when my days are busy enough!

Knowing my luck though there will be more mice - looking forward to day when I can walk bare footed and not have to shake my shoes before I put them on!
#15
Caught 3 more mice in last 36 hours and saw another one - took bin bag out of bin, then kids called me through to put on a dvd, went back through, bag had toppled over and when I approached it a mouse ran out. Its not funny now, I am really starting to hate living here, worried about the little ones, hate spending time in the kitchen, worry when I grab a box of cereal, would move out if I could afford somewhere else and this place as dont like the thought of them running amok in the house, and maybe round the food and crockery. Emptied the cupboard under the stairs and there were a lot of mouse droppings...Have emailed my solicitor nd will see if this gives me any grounds to move out....

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