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  • DaisyD 18 Aug 2006 22:04:55 11,826 posts
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    Has anyone had any experience of either being taken to small claims court or taking someone to small claims court? If so, was it easy? What happened etc.?
  • Pirotic Moderator 18 Aug 2006 22:07:47 20,647 posts
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    I sense a good story behind this which you're not telling us ;)

    We took some crappy plumber to the small claims court for trying to charge us an arm and a leg for a bathroom which he did a piss poor job on. Was a pleasent enough place - not as scary as a trial.
  • DaisyD 18 Aug 2006 22:21:46 11,826 posts
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    Not that good a story. Lodger trying to pull a fast one. I'm taking my solicitor's advice, but it's looking more like it will end up in court.

    On a side note, she won't return the keys. I've threatened her with reporting them as stolen as they are my property afterall, and billing her for new locks! :D
  • Jetset_UK 18 Aug 2006 22:23:05 3,570 posts
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    I was taken to a small claims court by a landlord. He went in with a file as as thick as you like, we went in wearing our cheap suits. The judge was a really nice guy who found in our favour. Its not as scary as you think.
  • DaisyD 18 Aug 2006 22:30:13 11,826 posts
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    That doesn't sound good in my favour though! What'd he take you to court for?

    I expecting her to take me to court, but I can counter sue for breach of contract by her apparently, according to my solicitors.
  • Pirotic Moderator 18 Aug 2006 22:31:04 20,647 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    Not that good a story. Lodger trying to pull a fast one. I'm taking my solicitor's advice, but it's looking more like it will end up in court.

    On a side note, she won't return the keys. I've threatened her with reporting them as stolen as they are my property afterall, and billing her for new locks! :D

    From what I recall being told when I asked the same question as you, they tend to always be very biased towards the defendant. Even if the lodger didn't pay his rent, I still think the law requires you to be a bit too civil to them and may even punish you if you change the locks and kick them out onto the street without police involvement.

    Just get your work suit on and knock on the door :) that'll get them out.

    Edited by Pirotic at 22:31:31 18-08-2006
  • DaisyD 18 Aug 2006 22:41:11 11,826 posts
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    Oh, she's already moved out! Anyway, I'm likely to be the defendent, but I'll be counter claiming. She's actually already backing down a bit on her requests - I think she knows I'm right and it will cost her too much to try taking me to court!

    Edited by DaisyD at 22:45:35 18-08-2006
  • ProfessorLesser 18 Aug 2006 22:43:22 19,417 posts
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    If only you were a deluded, loud-mouthed American, then we could all watch how it turns out on Judge Judy :-)
  • Jetset_UK 18 Aug 2006 22:43:55 3,570 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    That doesn't sound good in my favour though! What'd he take you to court for?

    He took us for damage, basically when we moved out, there was some water damage on the wall next to the shower room (we hadn't noticed because there was a bookcase there). He said we should have told him, we said we didn't know (although we did wonder were the slight odour was coming from).
  • DaisyD 18 Aug 2006 22:52:23 11,826 posts
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    Jetset_UK wrote:
    (although we did wonder were the slight odour was coming from).
    I thought that when I walked into my flat tonight. Then I saw the overflowing bin and the 2 other bags of rubbish she left next to the bin and the frying pan, wok and 2 saucepans she'd used and not washed up.
  • phAge 18 Aug 2006 23:19:04 24,442 posts
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    Aren't you, like The Law or summat? If kicking ass and taking names (and keys) isn't a side benefit of working for The Man, I don't know what is...
  • DaisyD 18 Aug 2006 23:20:56 11,826 posts
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    My goodness, she's dropped her request amount again. I don't know whether to be nice now and give her something or stick to my guns based on my solicitor's advice!
  • Hunam85 18 Aug 2006 23:22:46 4,114 posts
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    Yeah, arnt you like... police, shouldn't you know all this law type stuff :p
  • DaisyD 18 Aug 2006 23:22:51 11,826 posts
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    phAge wrote:
    Aren't you, like The Law or summat? If kicking ass and taking names (and keys) isn't a side benefit of working for The Man, I don't know what is...
    Silly girl left her work address lying arond here so if she doesn't return the keys, I'm sure she'll appreciate having someone arrest her at work!
  • phAge 18 Aug 2006 23:23:30 24,442 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    phAge wrote:
    Aren't you, like The Law or summat? If kicking ass and taking names (and keys) isn't a side benefit of working for The Man, I don't know what is...
    Silly girl left her work address lying arond here so if she doesn't return the keys, I'm sure she'll appreciate having someone arrest her at work!
    Atta girl - fringe benefits FTW! :)
  • Jetset_UK 18 Aug 2006 23:29:45 3,570 posts
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    phAge wrote:
    Atta girl - fringe benefits FTW! :)

    They can always get home in time for tea as well, with the old blues and twos.
  • DaisyD 18 Aug 2006 23:46:34 11,826 posts
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    phAge wrote:
    DaisyD wrote:
    phAge wrote:
    Aren't you, like The Law or summat? If kicking ass and taking names (and keys) isn't a side benefit of working for The Man, I don't know what is...
    Silly girl left her work address lying arond here so if she doesn't return the keys, I'm sure she'll appreciate having someone arrest her at work!
    Atta girl - fringe benefits FTW! :)
    She really should have known better knowing who she lived with! Just found that she's nearly used up a whole bottle of high juice squash I bought the day before I went away - now I'm going to check EVERYTHING. She may well yet be done for thefy of lots of stuff!

    /checks all dvd cases
  • mwtb 19 Aug 2006 00:08:18 2,381 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    Just found that she's nearly used up a whole bottle of high juice squash I bought the day before I went away

    There's a fine line between righteous and mental. Careful now.
  • Hunam85 19 Aug 2006 00:20:19 4,114 posts
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    I wouldn't want to mess with someone who is high on squash!
  • DaisyD 19 Aug 2006 00:24:05 11,826 posts
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    Hunam85 wrote:
    I wouldn't want to mess with someone who is high on squash!
    Especially Cranberry, Cherry and Apple flavour!
  • mentat 19 Aug 2006 00:52:04 5,613 posts
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    Hey hon. I've taken 2 companies to the small claims and won...

    Give me a ring tomorrow and I can impart all my knowledge. (won't take long!)
  • silentbob 19 Aug 2006 00:55:23 29,026 posts
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    mentat wrote:
    Hey hon.
    !

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  • The-Old-Bill 19 Aug 2006 00:56:26 5,101 posts
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    Gl daisy!
  • DaisyD 19 Aug 2006 00:57:24 11,826 posts
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    mentat wrote:
    Hey hon. I've taken 2 companies to the small claims and won...

    Give me a ring tomorrow and I can impart all my knowledge. (won't take long!)
    Okie dokie, will do.
  • DaisyD 19 Aug 2006 00:58:41 11,826 posts
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    The Old Bill wrote:
    Gl daisy!
    ???

    Or do you mean SI Daisy?
  • The-Old-Bill 19 Aug 2006 00:59:27 5,101 posts
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    I dunno, I just made the assumption you were going t court, haven't act6ually read the thread. Sorry!
  • DaisyD 19 Aug 2006 01:02:46 11,826 posts
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    Now I'm really confused! I assumed you meant something else we may have talked about not so long ago! Then again I can't even remember talking to my mate via text 2 nights ago so what do I know!! :D

    Medcine makes head woosey!
  • mentat 19 Aug 2006 01:05:55 5,613 posts
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    silentbob wrote:
    mentat wrote:
    Hey hon.
    !
    Hello sweetiepie ;)
  • silentbob 19 Aug 2006 01:07:16 29,026 posts
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    mentat wrote:
    silentbob wrote:
    mentat wrote:
    Hey hon.
    !
    Hello sweetiepie ;)
    Hank oo! Don't like being let out of random terms of endearment. :)

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  • Nuttah 19 Aug 2006 01:07:40 1,840 posts
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    adds his insight to the thread.

    Gl = Good Luck

    sorry thats about my lot

    /passes out
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