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Landlord and Tenant Law Questions

We lived in a flat for seven years, paying the rent every month without fail. When we moved out we gave two months’ notice in writing stating we would leave the keys with a neighbour, however in March we got a solicitor’s letter saying the landlord hadn’t received our written notice and demanding three months’ rent.

We have been renting a small garden plot at the back of our property for £25 a year. The land has just been sold and the new owner is proposing to charge us £500 a year to include a parking space and with the option to buy in 12 months’ time. Can he increase the rent by this amount?

My landlord offered me the right to buy my house on the condition that I made my mind up within ten days. I didn’’t manage to sort it out in such a short space of time and he now says he won’’t sell: can he just withdraw his offer like that?

The people living on the upper floor of the apartment block where I live have taken over the loft space, and have installed an electrical immersion heater. I believe the flats are leasehold; is this likely to affect our insurance?

We bought the lease to a restaurant in 2006 from a woman who had been running it as a café. We spent thousands on the property but two years ago we sold the lease back to her when my husband became ill. She has now gone bankrupt and the landlord is demanding the rent from us. Is this right?

I tried to rent a flat two years ago and put down a £300 deposit having told them details of my income. They then asked me for a guarantor, but I couldn’’t find one. The agency refunded me just £50, saying the rest of the money would pay for some of the time the flat remained empty. Were they entitled to keep my money?

My daughter is a tenant and has been complaining about the boiler for two years. The gas certificate was six months out of date, and the gas board have now condemned the boiler saying my daughter and her children are lucky to be alive. Can she sue the landlord for endangering their lives?

My tenants disappeared overnight owing me £1400 and taking with them the water heater and a number of electrical fittings. They stopped paying their rent in January, saying they were claiming housing benefit and that I would be paid by the council. I have tracked them down, but I know their business went bust so would I be throwing good money after bad by taking them to court?

I’ve read somewhere that if you haven’’t paid your ground rent for 12 years you don’’t have to worry after that time.

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