A great piece from The Independent yesterday. Shelter have published statistics showing that 125,000 people have fallen victim to abusive landlord relationships in the past year, with abuse ranging from the unlawful removal of utilities, unlawful entry, unlawful eviction and actual property damage. There are a range of statutory and common law protections against this kind of behaviour.

Tenants seeking to resolve an issue with their landlord should first make a complaint to the landlord before taking any other action. Should that not resolve the dispute, further action will involve local authorities and eventually the Housing Ombudsman Service.

(I write this just as I head to meet with my landlord after receiving a rather confusing letter in the post stating their desire to double our rent. . .)