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My landlord changed my locks and is telling me that I owe him

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My landlord changed my locks and is telling me that I owe him rent which he is not putting any specified amount down on paper and has given me a week to pay him , can't contact him by phone as he won't answer his phone , and I was only informed of him changing the locks as when I returned home to find a plain white piece of paper cello taped to the doors saying he had changed the locks

Is this a residential tenancy or a commercial matter?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Residential property

Do you have tenancy agreement?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yes but it is currently locked in the house with all of my belongings , but one thing that was on it from what I remember is that he put in it is that he states he cannot enter the house without me knowing about it or without my permission , yet he had to enter to get the locked changed ?

When does the fixed term expire please?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
It was a 6 month which was renewed in December to a yearly rolling contract

Have you receives a formal s21 Housing Act 1988 notice from the landlord or have they simply changed the locks?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
He has printed out a notice from his own home computer and cello taped it to the front and back door of the property stating ....

My name
Property address

Re :- outstanding rent arrears

Please be aware the locks for this property have been changed,please contact (landlords name) (landlords phone number) regarding removal of your goods within the next seven days .

Failure to do so will result in all of your goods being removed from this property on Monday 11/02/2013 and placed in the yard for you to collect at your responsibility. ALL cost/costs incurred will be added to the final outstanding balance.

(Landlords name)

Thanks for your patience.

If you have a residential assured shorthold tenancy then this is an illegal eviction for which you can sue the landlord.

You have the right under such a tenancy to receive notice of eviction. If you are on a rolling tenancy (ie. a statutory periodic tenancy) then you should receive a s21 housing act 1988 notice giving you two months notice of eviction with such notice to expire at the end of a rent period.

Plainily you have not received this. You need to see a solicitor about writing to the landlord and then suing them for the loss/expenses that you have occurred.

If what you have is correct, then you will be sucesssful .

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