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Landlord and Tenant Law Questions

The tenants in the house next door have put a window in the side of their bungalow which forms the boundary with our property, with the result that they can see right into our kitchen and bathroom. The previous tenant signed an agreement preventing him from doing this, but we have contacted the landlord and he doesn’t want to know.

I live in a rented flat over a shop, which both have the same landlord. The tenants in the shop have now placed advertising boards directly alongside my lounge window. I have objected to this: can I force the shopkeeper to take down the boards? What would happen if I took them down myself?

I have recently received an order from the council seeking possession of my council house. I owe just under £1,000 in rent arrears. My local advice centre says there will be a duty solicitor in court. Is this correct?

The lease on my flat has some 69 years of a 99-year lease to run. Since I am 72 the length of the lease doesn’’t concern me unduly, but I have left the property to my daughter and wonder whether she will be able to extend the lease or buy the freehold.

I live in a flat owned by a housing association and pay a service charge of around £15 a week. In the two years I have been here the windows have only been cleaned a couple of times, the garden is overgrown and the cleaners vac the stairs once every two to three weeks. Should I have to pay for such a poor service?

When my aunt died I notified the housing department the following day and asked if any rent was owed on her council bungalow. They told me she was on full housing benefit and the rent was up to date, however as executor of her estate I’ve since received a bill for more than £225 for the period from her death to the date I handed the keys back some three weeks later.

I am a council tenant and have got in arrears with my rent. The council is threatening to take me to court. I don’’t have the money to pay them: is there anything I can do?

I bought a flat in 2009 with a sitting tenant who paid £63 a week rent. When he moved out I went to read the meter and he showed me in his rent book that £4 of the rent was for the gas. For the last five years I thought he was paying the gas bill and he thought I was: the result is I now have a bill from the gas board for £1400!

My family and I have rented our house for more than sixty years, and it’s no secret that the landlord wants us out so that he can sell the property. Our neighbour has now taken over part of my garden, but my landlord isn’t interested. What can I do? I’m on income support so I’ve no money to fight the case.

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