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Landlord and Tenant Law Questions

We live in a block of retirement flats which were built just over three years ago. There’s now a problem with the heating system, but the landlord (who was also the builder) insists this is due to “wear and tear” while we think it was faulty installation. I understand there’s now a tribunal system for resolving landlord/leaseholder problems. How would we go about applying to it?

I rent out a house. Someone visiting my tenant went out into the back yard in the rain to cut some ivy and slipped on the wet flagstones, breaking two bones in her leg. She now wants to claim damages from me. What’s my responsibility?

My sister rents out a house and was given a cheque for £695 which she presented three times. By the third time it had been cancelled, but the bank refused to disclose whether the tenant’s account was still open. Is there any way this money can be recovered?

My wife and I are renting out our house in Blackpool. The tenant has only paid rent on two occasions, and we have served a section 21 notice to evict him at the end of the month. Can we get legal aid? Can we claim back all costs? Do we take him to our nearest court, or the one in Blackpool?

A neighbour collects our ground rent, but for the past three years he has failed to do so. He says he has had no notification from the landowner to make the collection, and can’t do anything until asked to do so. I have heard that unless a leaseholder has receipts for ground rent paid he cannot sell his house. Is this correct?

The sewage chamber in my drive serves six houses. When it gets blocked I have to call out the council to unblock it, and they send me a bill. Is there any way I can get the council to bill the others separately? Four of the others always pay their share, but one never does.

I am a lodger and a pensioner claiming income support and don’t pay council tax but my landlady is trying to make me pay £15 a week council tax; is she allowed to do this?

Can you tell us how we go about claiming “squatters’ rights”? The CAB, the Land Registry and the council all tell us to see a solicitor.

I had a dispute with the council over an Empty Property Premium. It went to tribunal and won the case, but I am now out of pocket through loss of earnings, fees and transport. There was also 18 months of stress. Can you advise?

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