If you don't agree with what the landlord is charging, pay what
you do agree and do not withhold the lot. If this ever goes to court, that will
work in your favour.
If you are doing that, In cases like this, I never suggest making an offer. I
suggest sending a cheque. Armed with a cheque in the hand for some of the
amount that a person wants, compared to an argument over the whole of the
amount, (and arguments that the person may win or lose) the cheque in the hand
is a pretty powerful incentive to accept it.
consider deciding how much you would like to pay the claimant (you need to make
it attractive enough) and send it with a covering letter headed "without
prejudice save as to costs". That means that the person cannot produce the
letter in court as any proof that you admit owing any money at all.
the claimant in the letter that you are offering this money in full and final
settlement of all claims against you, past, present and future including legal
costs, and that by cashing it they accept it as such. Tell the person that if he/she
does not accept it, they should return the cheque to you and if they issue
legal proceedings, you will defend them on the basis of A, B, C, whatever.
Do tell the claimant that this is not
your money (because you do not have it) and that it has come from someone else
who has agreed to discharge the debt for you.
the claimant that if he/she does not understand the significance of the letter,
he/she should take independent legal advice.
can tell you this approach works nine times out of 10, provided the offer is
reasonable and not derisory.
For legal reasons which I will not bore you with but which
go back several hundred years, the cheque must not come from you, but most come
from a third party, friend, relative, solicitor, our accountant, neighbour,
girlfriend, wife, husband, whoever, just not from you.
Here is some rather heavy reading http://www.voltimum.co.uk/news/2312/cm/the-law----full-and-final-settlement-.html
with regard to the agent, this is a common misconception. The
agent is the agent of the landlord not the tenant and he is to argue the
landlord's position not the tenants although any good agent will usually tread
the middle ground and try to mediate in the event of disagreement.
You can get the deeds to the house here for just 3 pounds https://eservices.landregistry.gov.uk/www/wps/portal/!ut/p/b1/04_SjzS0tDQwMTIxMjLXj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOKNjSxMDA1NjDwsjM3MDTxN3dyNDUNMjQ1MjPWDU_P0c6McFQH3SLFU/
but be aware that the landlord noted in the deeds may have his
address down for correspondence as the actual address of the property which
will not help you.
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