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« Thread started on: Mar 16th, 2016, 12:36pm »

Hi. 1st thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully bring some constructive feedback on the issue i have atm.

I will tell you everything that is happening to date, i moved into a freinds home (spare room) 2 years ago. I work as a cheff so i bring home a monthly wage.
Since moveing in this place, i started out by paying him directly 300 per month, after 3 months he stupidly told the council i was liveing here so the money no longer goes to him but it goes to the council (i was happy to put money in his pocket as he doesnt work and tbf he will never get off his backside to start work).
I soon discoverd that his electric meter was recovering a debt out of the money i was putting in the meter to pay for my monthly costs, he has said constantly he will get them to take this off as there is no debt. (Currently stands at 12.80 per month).

A year later a women freind of his says her son needs to be put up short term till he sorts his life out, i dont care so long as it doesnt interfer with my life or working life.
Shortly after him moveing in and taking over the living room (of which he pays nothing), his freind started to stay here also, again no thing payed by either, i decided to put a camera up in my room that records everything due to the fact i own stuff that costs alot and didnt want to have anything stolen as i dont know them and dont trust them also.
within 2 weeks i watched on playback of the video fottage both these new people to the house looking through the glass window above my door (ofc this is recoreded and have informed the police and shown the police this footage).
8 months go and his freind no longer lives here now but the original son that was ment to be here short term is still here but working now and his girl freind is living here now also.
At the time i was paying the council, so i thought was rent for the month and council tax also. turns out i wasnt paying any council tax at all and incured a debt to the number of 900 to which i owe 411 left.
2 years have no passed and still the 2 short term people taking over the living room are still here (working) and paying nothing to the council.
I have been living in a room the size of 4m X 3m with access to the kitechen and bathroom. (iam 41 now at the time moveing in here i was 39) and i can not let my cat wander around the house as they can not be trusted in any shape or form, so she goes in and out of my window.

In the time since the short term people have been here, he has been to prison for 2 months, i have had the police wake me up at silly oclock in the morning asking for him as he is on bail multiple times, food constantly stolen, property i own not kept in my room or in a cuboard i have lots of stuff in, ruind or in the kitchen ruind and have had to take out and box up and put away. The main tenant constantly causeing issues with the neighbours and i end up with the drunken neighbours wakeing me up but hitting my window and trying to pry my window open trying to get to him.

I found out the electric meter was a lie, there is a debt of his i have been paying off.

I have decided to move out in 5 weeks time, as its a utter nightmare here now. I want to say to him the remaining council tax debt is his as he owes me 370 debt i have paid of his on the electric meter.
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 25th, 2016, 6:18pm »

It is a good idea to move out - actually you should have much earlier.

There needs to be a written agreement that specifies responsibilities when you undertake to rent a room from someone. At your new place make sure there is one, that the conditions are clearly stated, that you are comfortable with the conditions and that you maintain a copy of it. That way it's clear what you and the others involved do and do not have a right to, and there's much less chance of you or the other person(s) getting upset because you/they had a wrong idea of what they were entitled to. Get to know the neighborhood and, if you will be sharing a place with somebody, get to know the person(s) well before committing yourself.

A council should know the truth about who is living in one of their properties.

I don't know what the responsibilities are with council taxes and money put in electric meters (I don't live in your part of the world). However, I would pay what I'm legally obliged to. If it did not pay me to get into that legal obligation, I would be careful henceforth to avoid such an obligation. And I personally wouldn't bother to pursue SMALL amounts of money I paid (like 13 pounds) that I did not need to have paid, although I would be more careful in future to have my obligations defined and to be aware that anything I do beyond that is likely to be unrewarded. Also, where possible, I'd be careful to collect proof that I met them (receipts of payments).

Whether there is or isn't a written agreement for your current place, give your friend ample notice that you are moving out. Be pleasant, learn from the experience and move on.
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