Congratulations are in order for law student Jack Simm who at 19-years-old has just successfully sued his landlord over the state of his student accommodation.
The story began when Jack, who is studying at the University of East Anglia, found a flat to rent at Velocity Student, a building in Norwich. His problem was that he had been unable to visit the flat before moving in as he only secured his place through the clearing system days before the term had started.
When he arrived at the flat in September last year he was in a state of shock.
‘’It looked more like a construction site than a place to live’’, he told The Times.
‘’In my room the floor was covered in dust and there were loud noises from people hammering away. It was freezing at night with no heating. A smell was coming out of nowhere.
‘’We gave the landlord a week to sort everything out. At the end nothing had been resolved so I moved out and handed the keys in.
Simms decided to take the landlords to Newcastle County Court accusing them of fraudulent misrepresentation under the Misrepresentation Act 1967.
Jack built a ten page legal claim for a refund of his deposit and first month’s rent.
The landlords claimed they had 14 days to sort out any legal problem. But in what Jack described as the ‘’ best bit of revision I’ve ever done’’ the court backed him and ordered the landlord to pay £999 covering his rental deposit, his first month’s rent and his legal fees.
Jack, who is now in the second year of his law studies, said;’’ Funnily enough while the case was going on I was studying contract law so I flipped open the textbook and went over the notes. I was in a real situation with real consequences.
‘’I was thrown into the deep end. Winning shows that I can do it. It’s given me a massive confidence boost.’’
The landlords are keeping quiet and refusing to comment. Be interested to know what their argument is.
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