Notice to quit given after complaint

John Conlin / 24 March 2017

A reader has been asked to leave their rented home after complaining - John Conlin advises.


I rent a flat from a private landlord. It is damp and I complained to the Council who inspected and told the landlord what work was needed. 

No repairs have been done but the landlord has served a notice to quit. 

Can I refuse to leave?

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There is recent statutory protection against retaliatory eviction. 

Take your tenancy agreement and any other papers to your local Citizens Advice Bureau. 

However, unless the flat is uniquely attractive in some way do you want to continue to rent from such an unsatisfactory landlord?

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