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mentat 5,613 posts
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mentat wrote:Hank oo! Don't like being let out of random terms of endearment.
silentbob wrote:Hello sweetiepie
They are only used in very special circumstances I'll have you know.
Nuttah 1,840 posts
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don't you start!
I'm a legal professsional working in a small claims court. Does that count for something?
Syrette 44,208 posts
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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!
Do it. At least when it comes to court you should have a crime reference. And if she decides to go back in and trash the place you will be in a better position with the insurance.
Changing the locks can be very easy. If its a double glazed door it probably has a eurolock and that will cost you around £20 for a barrel and less than 2 minutes to replace it. A locksmith will cost you over £100 for the same job.
Sorbicol 591 posts
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An a friend of mine took two of his old housemates to a small claims court to recover unpaid bill money. There were all the usual threats and unplesantness, but as soon as they got the summons they paid up. I thikn they didn't believe he'd do it.
As a side note he did it online through the Northhampton civil courts (which is a bit odd considering we were living in Middlesbrough at the time, but it's perfectly allowed) so he didn't incure any legal costs or anything.
Did she sign a contract or was it all verbal? If you are taking Lodgers/tenants make sure you've got one that they have signed.
Jeepers 13,311 posts
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lilo&stitch wrote:How about you just send her a county court summons rather than abuse your powers Daisy, eh?
Fight the power!!1111one.
BlackSentoki 917 posts
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Small claims are really, really straightforward. Just make sure that you abide by the time limits set by the court and when you get a claim write the best possible defence and counterclaim that you can - you'll be fine.
lilo&stitch wrote:It is a cival matter - hence the whole thing about going to court and the thread title.
OMG! Talk about hypocrisy.
Any civillian was to call the police about such a matter and they'd be kindly told it was a civil matter and not one for the police to get involved with.
Now I know why we aren't protected on the street and in the homes anymore, they're either in a van somewhere taking pictures of cars doing 31mph or too busy cleaning up there own mess.
How about you just send her a county court summons rather than abuse your powers Daisy, eh?
Not returning the keys however is theft. I would say the same to any member of public that asked me and deal with it the same too.
'The dishonest appropriation of goods belonging to another with the intention to permenantly deprive' - you'd have a hard time proving a couple of those points being as you gave over those goods of your own free will.
There are other laws that cover this. Otherwise we would all be driving around in 'borrowed' hire cars.
Standard thing to do is get some quotes for the locks to be changed and take it out of any deposit.
Hope you have this all set up in a proper contract otherwise you will be a bit fucked.
Edited by ssuellid at 09:49:48 20-08-2006
My point exactly actually ssue' - which I'm are covered by civil statute not criminal.
I've known of the police getting involved if the person who has taken the keys uses them after their tenancy has run out - but they only had a word with the ex tenant and went no further.
You are right, Trespass is civil, but there are loads of different factors that change trespass into a criminal offence. In fact burglary is bacically classed as trespass with the intention to cause damage, steal, rape or cause GBH to someone.
So did you have a proper contract?
yeah, because the Police up in your neck of the woods aren't as helpful/useful to you as you'd like, Daisy shouldn't use all options available to her to sort out her ex-lodger. Nice one idiot.
Consider it a fringe benefit. You'd do the same if given a chance and your job comes with a few as well.
You don't hear all of us complaining how developers and publishers don't give us access to preview stuff and information so you shouldn't be getting any either.
In short, quit your whining.
Possibly a silly question, but is a £50 dispute with T-Mobile completely out of the question when it comes to Small Claims?
The wankers still owe me for a returned phone, and it's been dragging on since the 12th of October - empty promises after empty promises.
I'm in the process of arranging a credit card dispute, too - but I was told that that SCC might be more effective.
7 day letter them first.
Basically it lays out your intention to sue. Usually it does the job. Make it official though, and send it recorded delivery.
That way if you do take it to small claims they really have no leg to stand on.