Student sue landlords and win the case

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A student recently booked accommodation with a landlord provider and found it wasn’t all that it seemed. They booked accommodation and turned up to in effect a building site.

 

A university student booked accommodation and then when they turned up he described it as a “building site”. He then decided that as he was a law student, he would take the landlord to court to apply for compensation. The 19 year old was in his first year at university in East Anglia in 2020. He had decided to move into velocity student accommodation which is in Norridge. He got his university place with clearing and didn’t get a chance to view it beforehand. Thinking what he was going to get was the same as in the photos which were “nice, upmarket student accommodation rooms”.

 

However, when he turned up to the property it was a completely different picture. The property itself was “a building site”. The property was being developed by the Freedman project LLP and managed by Estateducation. “”There were skips everywhere, tradesmen everywhere, hammering the ceiling, hammering the walls. The place was covered in dust from sanding. “

 

“It was almost ironic and funny that people were moving into this place because it looked awful. It was just a bit of a dire state really.” Is what the student said. The student himself moved out after a week and stopped paying his rent. Despite being threatened with recovery action by a debt collector, he turned to his textbooks and started his case against the landlord.

 

The student collected witness statements, put together the case law and statute law surrounding contract representation, and sued for breach of contract and misrepresentation. He felt it was quite easy trying to resolve it. He said “I studied contract law at the time. To me it was quite an easy case of opening my contract law textbook and looking through some of the relevant law and applied it to the situation.” He added “We sued for our money back our deposit our first month’s rent. They sued for the entire tenancy agreement – around £7,000.”

 

At an online hearing at Newcastle County Court on 2 November, his dad spoke in court for him, and Jack won what he paid them plus court fees, totalling £999.00 and the counterclaim was dismissed.

 

It shows you that it is important whenever you have a property to ensure that it is completely finished before anybody moves in. It was an extreme case but landlords should be aware that building works are now the most important items when it comes to having these carried out as soon as is possible. There are new laws under the Unfit for Human Habitation Bill that require landlords to carry out works within a set reasonable period of time. If you need advise on anything then please don’t hesitate to let us know.

 

If you are currently looking for student accommodation in Brighton please contact us on 01273 724000 or via email on viewings@harringtonslettings.co.uk

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