The main problems that come up for a house are repairs, the return of the deposit, the increase in rent, the illegal nature of the contract (or its non-existence) or the fact that your house is particularly strange. So what can you do to avoid these problems or to solve them directly?
About the deposit
Since April 6, 2007, it appears in the TDP (Tenancy Deposit Scheme) that the owner of the housing must keep the deposit or secure it. As a result, he cannot spend it, and once the contract is signed, he is required to give you the information in 30 days how to keep it safe. If he has not respected this part of his duty as the owner, you can complain to the nearest court, and although it costs you money, the judge could force him to pay you three times the value of the deposit, so that it pays off.
In theory the accommodation must be in perfect condition for rental, but the practice is often very different. It is possible that they go crazy if you tell them that the water tank is leaking, that there are new traces of humidity, that the heating is not working and that you are going to catch pneumonia or that the bathtub gives cramps. However, the government does not tolerate these behaviors, and makes it very clear that homeowners must be responsible for housing damage (at least those that have not been caused by you). More specifically, they must be responsible for: the external structure, baths, sinks, toilets, piping, drainage, heating, boilers, hot water, gas installations, ventilation, electrical system and all that is related, in addition to the damage which were caused by renovations done by the owner.
About incidents caused by the owner
An English law of 1977 clearly states that it is considered that there is harassment on the part of the owner when it “acts in such a way that it can disturb the tranquility and / or the comfort of the tenant or any what a person living with him. In truth this kind of case is very difficult to prove at the judicial level, but anyway there is a list of things that your landlord can not do:
He is not allowed to enter the property, whether or not you are there, if he has not notified you at least one day in advance He does not have the right to bring in other tenants without having informed you beforehand. Discrimination is forbidden on his part, and it is even more serious for racial, sexual or religious reasons. He does not have the authority to ask you to waive your rights as a tenant. This can be denounced or worse. He cannot refuse entry to someone else under the title of “guest”. He’s your guest, he has nothing to say about that. Of course, he cannot consult your mail. It’s your private property and it could cost him a big fine.
If you want to claim something in court, consider collecting evidence beforehand so that it is not too complicated to prove.