London landlord’s texts shared online as he demands ‘serious amount of money’ from renter – 4 years after he moved out

It’s no secret to anyone that London’s property market can be a bit of a nightmare for renters.

Whether it’s exorbitant deposits, sub standard facilities or all round dodgy dealings with landlords – most people renting in the capital have a horror story or two.

But in a fresh turn out for the books, one former resident has claimed their former landlord is seeking to collect an undisclosed sum of money for rent arrears four years after they moved out of the property.

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Taking to social media, the disgruntled renter shared a screenshot of some messages ostensibly from the landlord.

The conversation begins when the landlord says: “Hi [name] about time you contacted me to sort out your rent arrears?”

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The renter replied: “I wasn’t aware there were any rent arrears, when I left you I did text but didn’t hear back?”

From here the two men argue about proving this text message with the landlord affirming that his rent arrears are a “serious amount.”

Sharing the exchange with his followers, the renter wrote: “Peak landlordism here. I moved out in 2017 and he’s messaged me today for the first time saying I owe lots of money.

” @LDNRentersUnion I am a member, can anyone help with this?”

The resulting conversations in the thread below made for illuminating reading.

One person quickly debunked the idea that the landlord could claim arrears this late.

They said: “As a former housing advisor, this is unenforceable in literally every court in existence lol.

“If he can’t even say how much you apparently owe, he has no records and no proof plus he’s not contacted you in years, the case has no legal standing.”

Another agreed that the landlord had not gone through the appropriate motions.

They argued: “Landlords must not delay taking action against former tenants to recover unpaid rent – there are strict deadlines.

“A landlord must serve a notice, known as a Section 17 Notice, within 6 months of the debt falling due if they wish to recover the unpaid rent from a former tenant.”

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Another said: “He needs to prove this. It doesn’t look like he can.”

Finally, one person articulated their frustrations with minimal legal nuance but commendable rage.

“He is chatting bum,” they said.

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