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Landlord and Tenant Law Questions

I rent commercial premises from a landlord who supplies me with electricity and charges me three times what he pays for it. I gather he’s legally entitled to do this, but the meter is on the roof and is only accessible by using scaffolding: am I legally entitled to have him put the meter in a place where I can read it?

I am a tenant, and last year storage heaters were fitted in my flat. When the contractors left, my ‘phone wasn’t working so I called out BT, who charged me £105 to repair the fault. The engineer said the contractors had damaged the wire, but both my landlord and the contractors say BT were to blame because the wire was laid under the carpet so they couldn’t see it. Who is responsible for paying the bill?

My wife left me two years ago, but although she’s made it clear she has no intention of coming back she will not sign her name off the rent card for our council house. I want to move to be nearer my family, but until I get this cleared up I can’t exchange properties. Is there any advice you can give?

I’ve rented some shop premises for the last ten years, although I’ve no lease and no tenancy agreement. Now it needs a new roof. Can I ask the landlord to pay for it?

We had been renting a house for three years when the owner decided to sell up. The letting agent said there would be no problem finding another house for us, and we were just about to sign up when the agent withdrew the offer after carrying out a credit check, leaving us homeless. Is there anything we can do?

I would like to sort out who I should pay my flat’s ground rent to. I live in a listed building which comprises three flats and a house. I used to pay the ground rent to a neighbour who lives in one of the flats and who, until recently, owned the house. Now the man she sold the house to tells me I should pay my ground rent to him in future.

An elderly friend has rented out his field on a long term basis. There has never been a tenancy agreement and rent was paid annually by cheque until recently, since when it has been paid in cash with no written record. Would it be possible for the tenant to claim ownership of the field at some point?

I own a property which is let. What is the legal position as regards increasing the rent each year?

We took over the tenancy of a pub, and paid a bond of £2,000. When we left the brewery said it was holding on to our money because it was in our contract that we had to decorate the pub. This hadn’t been done long previously and in any case the brewery then sold the pub on again without carrying out the decorating. We feel cheated.

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