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What legal action can my brother take if his landlord imposes an electricity cut off during the day?
Hi, my brother is in a bit of a situation. As above, landlord has taken his rent this morning for the month and is now imposing an electricity cut off from 1030 to 1430 each day. This was a suprise, no heads up, affects his fridge/freezer, cooking, work from home capability. The contract states that bills are paid by the landlord. My brother has never missed rent. What legal action can he take? Can he move out early and take the rent for the month lost? Can he sue? Update: Thank you all for your comments. We're both still reading them and appreciate it. He's spoken to Shelter and some of the suggested numbers below and have given him some good initial advice. The Letting Agent is sympathetic and has informed my brother he can move out whenever and not liable for rent. In practice I don't know how this works or the legalities due to the tenancy not being up until September, so something to look in to. Meanwhile, he's moving back with parents this evening before searching for a new place after Summer. Thanks all!

Joseph Rake

16th October 2021



Top Answer
No, he cannot cut electricity off like that. See: https://www.gov.uk/private-renting-evictions/harassment-and-illegal-evictions#:~:text=Harassment%20can%20be%20anything%20a,stopping%20services%2C%20like%20electricity Not sure on the next steps required other than informing the Landlord that it’s not allowed.

Stephanie Clement

9th February 2022



While I'm sure this is a breach of contract in any event, what kind of licence/tenancy does your brother have? Is it an assured shorthold tenancy (of the entire property), a separate part of a property, or just a room in the landlord's home? This does affect what happens next and how the landlord might respond.

David Faulkner

9th February 2022



This is a breach under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 and is not legal, regardless of cost implications from the cost of living increasing. You need to keep all correspondence from the landlord stating that she will be turning off electricity for periods of time and complain immediately to the Local Authorities private sector rental team. The tenancy type, in this instance, is irrelevant as The Act covers all lease types. Complain now, keep correspondence and I would keep a tally of things that it has cost you, like lost food from the fridge etc. You could also inform the landlord that it is a breach under the P from E Act 1977 and suggest she looks it up before complaining to the local authority.

Gloria Ewing

9th February 2022



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