Problem with unregistered landlord

Discussion in 'Property investment and tenants' rights' started by Raul, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Raul

    Raul Frequent Poster

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    Hi,
    My girlfriend is having trouble with her current landlord. He is not registered as a landlord and therefore no lease is signed.

    He asked one of them to move out 3 weeks ago because he needed somewhere to stay but both her and her housemate decided to move out because they are not too keen on living with him.

    He had been paying them rent relief himself but is now refusing to pay it for the last 10 months (he last paid in November 2007 for the previous year).

    She has found a place now also and is moving out a week earlier than she is paid up until.

    He won't give her this last week rent back though even though he forced one of them to move out. He initially told the other girl that he would give her the money back if she moved out early but is now claiming she misunderstood him.

    I think my girlfriend should tell him that she is going to seek advice from Revenue and the PTRB unless he pays both the rent relief and give her the last weeks rent back.

    Is this the right avenue to go down?
     
  2. j26

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    Yep,

    She still has all the reliefs available from the PRTB, despite the fact that he's not registered. The thing is it takes quite a while going through the PRTB, so the Revenue threat may be much more powerful.
     
  3. Raul

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    I think we will threaten him with both just to be sure :D Thanks for the reply
     
  4. niceoneted

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    And report him too.
     
  5. Towger

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    Do dont need to report him, you just claim rent relief from Revenue. They dont need his PPS number, just give is Name, Address and the address of the house etc. They should be able to put 2 & 2 together.
     
  6. ubiquitous

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    Hopefully the Revenue won't then ask your girlfriend why she aided and abetted her landlord's apparent tax evasion by accepting a bribe from him in lieu of claiming rent relief.
     
  7. rmelly

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    I don't see any reason NOT to report him - based on the info supplied he has mistreated the friend. What do you have against reporting him? Why allow him a possibility of getting away with it?
     
  8. Raul

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    That's a bit of a dirty dig isn't it? You telling me most people wouldn't do the same?

    Thanks to all the others who replied with helpful answers.
     
  9. Raul

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    The main reason is she doesn't really want to hassle or aggro but doesn't want to be ripped off either. I would be inclined to do what you are suggesting though.
     
  10. ubiquitous

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    Maybe they would. That's not the point. Your girlfriend has benefitted financially by facilitating and colluding in her landlord's tax evasion. In my book, that's fraud. Hopefully the Revenue won't raise these issues with her when she makes her report. :)
     
  11. sam h

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    I don't think this was ment as a dig....there is a risk that revenue will not look too favourably on her as she obviously knew she was entitled to rent relief and yet allowed the landlord to sort this out directly with her. It is something to bear in mind.
     
  12. Raul

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    Ok sorry I thought it was a dig at her. Yep will keep in mind so. Thanks
     
  13. RentDayBlues

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    How exactly will the Revenue know she accepted the cash? They wont! So she can now report him and claim back tax relief for the years she lived there. Unless there is a financial trail to show that she received this money from the LL, she's laughing.

    Not exactly the most honest policy but every cloud has a silver lining
     
  14. z103

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    How does the OP's girlfriend know that the landlord is evading tax?
    Even if she did know for certain, so what? Is she under any obligation to inform the revenue?
     
  15. ubiquitous

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    If the landlord is able to tell the Revenue that the tenant hasn't claimed rent relief for past years, and this is verified when the Revenue examine the tenant's tax record, this may well lead them to conclude that the landlord's story is credible, and the tenant is not to be trusted.

    The old moral about people in glasshouses still applies sometimes.
     
  16. theengineer

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    call into the local citizen information office, and they will have some info for you, and yes report him.
     
  17. z103

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    I rented for years, and didn't know there was such thing as 'rent relief'. I never claimed it. I'm pretty sure that there are many people out there that still do not know about it.
     
  18. ubiquitous

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    Yes, but how many people know that you didn't claim it, and would be in a position to cite this fact in order to support their argument in a "one person's word against another" scenario"?
     
  19. theengineer

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    Re: Problem with unregistered landlord. Need advice

    The only party in trouble here in the unregistered landlord.
     
  20. z103

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    I see your point.