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A couple of friends allowed me and my partner to stay with them whilst we saved up for a deposit on a new property, we agreed to pay £300 a month to rent and bills. After 2 weeks they kicked us out as they needed the room for family. Luckily our previous landlord agreed we can move back in. On the day they told us we had to leave they said we had to pay them £100 or move everything out by 10pm. We did not have £100 at the time. Since we moved out we have been harassed and threatened by them over messenger and they are now saying we owe them over £200 for the two weeks rent and they said they will take us to court. We have to prioritise our own bills at the minute as we cannot afford to become homeless. Will they be able to take us to court and get over £200 out of us? Two weeks rent does not add up to over £200, plus we have leant them some money so that needs to be taken into account too.TuiParticipant
In the UK, they probably mean small claims court, google it. There is a process online for that they may try, but I suspect they may be bluffing to try and get money from you. Realistically though, they are the ones that broke the (presumably) verbal contract by ending the arrangement early. You could try Citizens advice for more info on your rights and about mediation.
Could you just offer to pay for the 2 weeks at the rate initially agreed, minus what they owe you? Though sometimes just paying the money and blocking them may be the least stressful thing to do, even if it doesn’t seem right.ronGuest
They are not your friends. They’ve definitely proved that. Meet them in small claims court. Their suit is absurd.CopaParticipant
Was there a written agreement? Either way, I’d wager that they will not actually move forward with suing you (though unfamiliar with the UK’s legal system, I imagine there would be fees involved to do so making going through with it not really worth it for that amount). In your situation I’d probably do what @Tui suggested — give them some money for the time you did spend there minus what is owed to you. Then deleted/block and move on because yikes! These are not nice people.misspiggyGuest
UK law in this area is based on what would be reasonable. If they do take you to small claims court their actions will be seen as unreasonable.
If I’m right in thinking you don’t want to pay them anything because they kicked you out, that’s a fairly safe strategy. This dispute is not county court level, so it shouldn’t affect your credit. If they do take you to small claims, you can offer a payment schedule for the two weeks’ rent minus what they owe you. But that should be it. As long as you engage with the court process when it comes, you will be fine. Just don’t get into any arguments with them in the meantime.PhoebeGuest
If you do pay anything at all, get a receipt. They clearly aren’t trustworthy.PhoebeGuest
If you do pay anything at all, get a receipt. They clearly aren’t trustworthy.