Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Campaign wins in Liverpool

Hi Tom

Thank you. Back in April, you - and more than 2,000 other Shelter supporters - joined our campaign against Liverpool's rotten homes.

You visited our spoof lettings agents on Lord Street and signed our petition, demanding Liverpool's first-ever elected Mayor put rogue landlords at the top of the city's agenda.

Thanks to you, Mayor Joe Anderson has pledged to:

Create a Rogue Landlords Hit Squad to seek out and investigate poor landlords and take appropriate action.

Adopt a Liverpool Standard for private rented housing in the city, which will include minimum standards based on the Decent Homes Standard and tenancy management best practice.

Re-launch the Landlord Accreditation Scheme, with a 'scores on the doors' service to recognise good landlords.

Set up a confidential freephone line where people can report unregistered or poor quality landlords, to trigger an investigation from the enforcement team.

Read the Mayor's action plan 

This is a great result - it will help hundreds of families in Liverpool suffering at the hands of rogue landlords. And shows that together, we really can make a difference.

Thank you,

Lotte and the Shelter campaigns team

PS - Want to help stamp out rogue landlords everywhere? Join our national Evict Rogue Landlords campaign

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Saturday, 6 October 2012


Can my rent be increased?

a guide for landlords and tenants

Everything you wanted to know about your home repairs

Tenancy Deposits and the Housing Act 2004

All the information you will need concerning your tenancy deposit.
Small Claims Court

If you have a problem with your landlord and you talk to him without getting your problem solved, then take him before the Small Claims Court.  This is a very informal court and it is design for people who have never been before the courts system before and obviously they are wary of what they should say etc.

Your claim will be dealt with by a judge,  who will lead you into the case by asking you questions.

There is no pressure placed upon you and in a lot of cases the judge will assist you if you get stuck on an issue.  So you don't have to take any nonsense from a rogue landlord.

By the way .....If you appear in person before the court, there are no fees for you to pay if you are on a low income and the Court Office will assist you in this matter. If you file a Money Claim on line then all the fees apply.

Below is a link that may be of assistance to you.

Frequently asked questions;