Tenants 'abused' by landlords

2 September 2015

pay rentLandlords, as we all know, can be awful and dreadful swine. Well, it won't surprise you that thousands of private tenants have 'suffered abuse' at the hands of our landlords, which include threats, assaults and harassment which could have (and should have) ended up with legal action being taken against them, according the charity, Shelter.

Research showed that renters had seen their utilities cut-off by landlords, and ha their homes entered without permission, and some even burned tenants' possessions.

Shelter said that, in the last year, nearly 17,000 people had called their helpline about landlord problems, over a myriad of problems including deposit disputes and allegations of abuse. Of course, this is only the statistics from those who complained - there'll be many more tenants who haven't said anything about their rogue landlords.

Shelter have crunched some numbers, and they reckon that as many as 125,000 tenants in England had experienced abuse, and that there's a whole load more who have been treated in a manner that could've resulted in legal action.

This is clearly a big problem if you consider that many people are priced out of the housing market and, as time goes on, the people unable to get on the property ladder is going to grow.

Shelter's Mark Cook told the Guardian: "Some of their experiences are truly awful – from renters who have been illegally evicted and had their belongings burned, to those who have had their utilities cut off because their landlord wants to intimidate them."

"No one should have to put up with a landlord who breaks the law and it is so important to know your rights as a renter."

Here's the Bitterwallet guide to knowing your rights when it comes to rogue landlords. Or, you can check Shelter for advice as well.

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8 comments

  • oldgit
    Time for proper legislation then thats enforced
  • Gas M.
    Have Shelter crunched the numbers on tenants who refuse to pay rent and take 6 months to get evicted? Landlords can be cunts but so can tenants.
  • Ginger B.
    I agree with the Gas Man
  • Tenant A.
    [...] Tenants ‘abused’ by landlords – Well, it won’t surprise you that thousands of private tenants … law and it is so important to know your rights as a renter.” Here’s the Bitterwallet guide to knowing your rights when it comes to rogue landlords. Or … [...]
  • Marvin
    A Landlord gets the tenants they deserve. It's not enough the poor sods are paying of their mortgage, and some healthy profit on top. They refuse to spend any money maintaining a property, and will skimp and cut corners at every opportunity.
  • veedubjai
    How about a Bitterwallet guide to knowing your rights when it comes to rogue tenants just to make arguements fair? You will be surprise that good & bad tenants & landlords do exist & it's not just one sided fact. There are always two sides of the story. Here's my side of a recent story, family member is a good decent landlord with brand new build terraced town house with adjoining town houses which has potential for noise to travel between neighbours at all hours. Tenancy agreement clearly states under no circumstances - NO PETS whatsoever. Guess what did tenant do? Yes, tenant had dog & was caught red handed within less than 6 months. Is the tenant really as thick as dipstick when they signed the agreement? Can't they fecking read? Clearly a tenant who couldn't give a shite about the landlord's property, let alone neighbours who may have to contend with risk of barking & whining when the owner is not at home. With animals, there is always a risk of infestation & been left alone while the owner is out let alone potential for animal damage to property. Who do you think who has to pay for professional cleaners to clean, fumigate & disinfect or full/partial refurb for the next new tenants. Do other new tenants like the ideal of living in previously infected pet house? Well, the old tenant with dog was kicked out for good. A brand new home but tenant with dog couldn't follow simple T&C's of tenancy agreement but simply abused it for their own personal selfish agenda.
  • Slacker
    So, the main thrust of the post above is this: tenants break rule, get evicted. Wow. Hardly in the same league as the experiences I regularly hear of from friends and acquaintances regarding their shitty treatment at the hands of private landlords. I too have experienced this sort of thing first hand. In my case, the slumlord owner of our student hovel tried to pass off damage caused previous tenants as ours, and refused to return our deposits. Unfortunately, he made the mistake of telling us this before he’d got all the keys back, and we had a Bring Your Own Hammer party. Not a light fitting, window or stud wall was left intact by the end of the evening’s festivities. Someone put a sledgehammer through the toilet, so everyone pissed down the steps into the cellar. One would imagine we were the last set of students this shithead ripped off in such as fashion.
  • Landlord A.
    [...] Tenants ‘abused’ by landlords – Well, it won’t surprise you that thousands of private tenants have ‘suffered abuse’ at the hands of our landlords, which include threats, assaults and harassment which could have (and should have) ended up with … [...]

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