Can anyone tell me if there is a practical court or forum, (ie small claims court) where landlords can be held accountable.
After going to considerable trouble (see advt oriented housing “pool, spa, restaurant etc”) to advertise my apartment (after agreement with my landlord that if I found someone new, he would not keep any bond) and after finding a wonderful new tenant for him. He decided that this prospective tenant was not suitable, without meeting the prospective tenant, or having any information whatsoever about the tenant. Obviously he has found someone himself, and he is content to go back on his word.
He intends to keep one months rent, when he will rent to apartment out straight away no doubt.
I accept that it may not be possible to force him to keep his word, but he has charged three months rent as deposit -which I’m told is illegal.
The apartment has been left spotlessly clean, and the plan is to meet him on Friday, the last day of the monthly contract. He has now threatened my girlfriend, that if we cannot reach an agreement on final adjustment of the power and electricity, we will have to continue to rent the house for another month. Another ploy to charge more rent.
He has become rude and aggressive when talking to my girlfriend, in whose name the apartment is rented, and insulted her by calling her a difficult customer (Ou-kae. -It’s unusual for difficult customers to pay rent before its due -every month.)
Is there any practical way that a just solution can be found, or is it a case of kiss your money goodbye?
Any suggestions appreciated!