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to think my landlady was an absolute cunt?

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TeenTwinsToddlerandTiaras Sun 21-Oct-12 21:50:21

Apols for the 'c' word but I need to rant and I can't call her that in RL.

We came back from living abroad in April and had to stay with relatives initially as we had sold our UK home before we went (we did not intend to come back).

DH was offered a job in another town so we had a couple of trips travelling up and down to find a house to rent. We found the perfect one, fully furnished as well (we did not have a stick of furniture!) and LL said she wanted a long term let and was so happy to find a family who would look after it! We had to pay a large deposit though but we hoped to stay there for a few years and save for furniture and start again. We also got the DCs into the school that was 5 mins walk away.

Four months in, lo and behold, we get served a section 21 as the LL had decided she wanted to sell and expected us to show round her potential purchasers which I refused to do! I believe she actually got a quicker sale as I kept the place immaculate. She invited us to repaint the bedrooms as she had'nt got round to it which we did as we expected to be there a while. The house was also pretty grubby when we moved in (stuff you don't notice on viewing like the oven being caked in grease, carpets & curtains filthy and window frames mouldy) and I spent hours scrubbing and having the carpets professionally cleaned.

She even had the fucking cheek to withhold some of the deposit as she accused us of stealing some of the 'ornate' pebbles in the garden (DCs has checked them in the pond), not as if she counted them though is it?

She knew we had moved from abroad with 4 DCs and needed to settle somewhere. AIBU to think she is as the title?

I really can't imagine doing that to someone, my blood is still boiling several weeks on. We are now stuck in a grotty house (all that was available) far away from the DCs school and don't even get me started on what we had to go through to raise the deposit on the new place as we did not get the deposit on cunty LLs place until 2 weeks later, the latest time possible!

TheMonster Sun 21-Oct-12 21:51:53

Was your deposit with a protection agency?

FutTheShuckUp Sun 21-Oct-12 21:54:38

Thems the breaks with renting sadly. No security.
Maybe she needs to sell the house for financial reasons?
I dont think she can be called a cunt for selling her own house.

MainlyMaynie Sun 21-Oct-12 21:55:00

Depends why she did it. If her own financial circumstances changed unexpectedly, she may not have had a choice. The pebble thing is crap though.

Fakebook Sun 21-Oct-12 21:59:06

I don't understand how she wanted a long term let 4 months ago, but is selling suddenly. That's a bit misleading. Yanbu for calling her that, because she's made things hard for you, but it is her house and she can sell it whenever she wants to, unfortunately. Chin up.

NathanDetroit Sun 21-Oct-12 21:59:56

This sort of thing seems to happen a lot, not sure if it's a recent thing or not but I've definitely seen it a lot in my job. And all the dirt/disrepair issues too. Sorry it happened to you, OP, I hope you find somewhere nicer soon.

squeakytoy Sun 21-Oct-12 22:00:20

Her circumstances must have changed. I doubt she meant this to happen when you first moved in.

noisytoys Sun 21-Oct-12 22:00:42

Sounds as though she lured you in, got you to do up her house and is now reaping the rewards. I agree, cunt!!

TeenTwinsToddlerandTiaras Sun 21-Oct-12 22:05:50

noisytoys from what we were told afterwards by the letting agent, that is the impression we got. Whether it's her house or not, it was our home and she told us to make it so. You don't kick people out like that.

She was, in fact, a cunt!

expatinscotland Sun 21-Oct-12 22:09:31

Oh, she definitely qualifies as cunt, IMO.

BabsJansen Sun 21-Oct-12 22:14:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Sun 21-Oct-12 22:18:35

What did the contract say? 1 year, 2 year lease? 1 year lease with 6 months break clause?

We have had a similar experience, but with Winkworths. Turns out landlady was surprised, because she had WANTED a six months let, as she had family moving in! I only learnt this because I asked her why she did this. The agent had in fact lied.

MsVestibule Sun 21-Oct-12 22:25:04

Rental laws in England suck, on both sides. If a tenant doesn't pay their rent, it's a very costly, lengthy process to evict. A good tenant has no security and can be thrown out with only two months notice.

Sorry you're in this position. Do you think you'll be able to buy again any time soon?

beitou Sun 21-Oct-12 22:28:04

She is a landlord. Her only interest is making as much money from you as possible, yes she is a cunt, they all verminwith no exceptions. Some middle class vermin think they rent out houses to benefit you but they are deluded filth.

TheMonster Sun 21-Oct-12 22:28:10

Did she use a deposit protection scheme?

Trills Sun 21-Oct-12 22:30:30

The "impression" of someone wanting a long term let is not worth calling them a cunt over.

I highly doubt you have been kicked out. You have been given your notice as explained in your contract.

It's not pleasant but you sound like you are whining.

The pebbles thing is shit. You have to leave things as they were described in the inventory, that's all. I doubt that the pebbles were counted individually.

BonzoDooDah Sun 21-Oct-12 22:36:07

As DH and I say ... there is a reason why "Landlady" (and landlord) is made up of two four-letter words!!!

They are (and she is) as per your title.

I'd be bloody fuming. AND I'd try to find someone to complain to about the withheld deposit. If it was for stupid f-ing stones she should have given you a chance to nick some off a beach buy some to replace them and given very detailed costings of her losses due to anything you've done. I think your letting agency is at fault for letting her away with it. Grrrrrr.

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 21-Oct-12 22:37:16

<flashbacks to rentingdays>

runs screaming from thread.....

every single house we ever rented was sold from under us, i would never rent again if i could help it. I have been lucky enough to have a mortgage since 1993.

i feel for you.

Trills Sun 21-Oct-12 22:38:10

If your money was with the deposit protection scheme (as it legally should have been) then they won't give any of it back to anyone but you without your consent. But it's almost certainly too late for that now.

expatinscotland Sun 21-Oct-12 22:39:19

Private renting in the UK sucks.

BonzoDooDah Sun 21-Oct-12 22:39:53

Trills! Are you for real??
If you moved into a house - assured it was a long-term let, cleaned and decorated it and then was told to move out after 4 months I don't think you'd be sounding so pleased with yourself. OP sounds like she's whining? Really? Have you ever rented?? Had to find a new home at a month's notice? Scraped together the deposit for a new place with your money tied up with an agency that is dragging its feet? It really doesn't sound like it.

tallwivglasses Sun 21-Oct-12 22:44:23

Sod all this 'it's her house she can do what she likes' - legally, yes. Morally, she's a cunt. How do people like that sleep at night? All we can hope for is some bad karma heading her way.

<channels nits, threadworms and very itchy thrush to OP's ex-landlady>

charliebrownsmum Sun 21-Oct-12 22:47:05

I didn't think you could evict a tenant under section 21 until the end of the tenancy. So if you had signed a 1 year lease she could serve the notice at any time but you wouldn't need to leave until the end of you agreed tenancy....I'm a landlady and not a c**t as I have rented for so many years and appreciate both side. I have had the same tenant for 4 years and would do anything for her as she is the perfect tenant and looks after my house. We're not all bad!!

TheDeathAndGlories Sun 21-Oct-12 22:49:57

Op call her what you want
It's one thing to be legally entitled to do something, morally it's another ball game

As for that's private renting suck it up attitude. It makes it sound like all private renters do it because they choose to when in fact most do it because they have no other option.
Though I disagree with the person who said all landlords are evil or words to that effect. Our last was great and I know my parents treat their tenants brilliantly (too soft in my eyes)

Trills Sun 21-Oct-12 22:51:16

I rented a house, signed a six month contract, agency said that six months was just standard and there was no reason to believe we'd have to move, these owners had been with them for years.

After 4 months we were told that circumstances had changed and we'd have to leave at the end of the six months.

So yes actually.

It's shit when it happens to you, but abiding by what is stated in the contract is not being a cunt.

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