Nottingham Solidarity Network – Phone Blockade – 14th April

Nottingham Solidarity Network – Phone Blockade – 14th April

Nottingham Solidarity Network call for a phone blockade of Nad’s takeaway
on Saturday the 14th April between 6pm and 10pm.

Following the delivery of the demand letter to unscrupulous landlord Mr.
Shakil on the 31st of March (see below for more info on the case), the
£700 deposit still hasn’t been returned to J and his housemates. Having
assured Mr. Shakil that we would continue in our efforts to collect the
deposit, we are calling for a phone blockade of his current workplace –
Nad’s takeaway owned by his brother in law – on 0115 9100555.

When you call we ask:

– That you suggest politely that Mr. Shakil be encouraged to return J and
his housemates deposit,

– That no animosity is felt towards Nads. We are merely trying to
collectively respond to Mr. Shakil’s treatment of his former tenants.

– That Mr. Shakil continued to collect rent from J and his housemates, but
did not use the rent to pay the mortgage on the house, leading to it’s
repossession and the tenants eviction.

– Mr. Shakil should have placed the £700 in a tenancy deposit scheme. He
illegally neglected to do so. – Various attempts have been made to contact
Mr. Shakil and he has been politely asked to pay back the deposit. These
requests have been ignored.

– J and his housemates are not alone in this, Nottingham Solidarity
Network will continue to contact Mr. Shakil until the deposit is returned.

Help us take action against an unscrupulous landlord. J and 3 friends were
renting a Forest Fields house owned by landlord, Mr Shakil. When they
moved in they paid Mr Shakil a £700 deposit which was never entered in any
of the deposit protection schemes, as required by law. He also failed to
take an inventory of neither the household’s contents, nor any damage to
the property.

At the end of December 2011 the tenants received letters from the mortgage
holder, Northern Rock, saying that the house was to be repossessed due to
mortgage payments not having been paid for 6 months. After having to go to
court to delay their eviction and the time, stress and expense that
entailed they have now moved out of the dilapidated property and have asked
for their deposit back from the landlord. Despite continuing promises to
pay the deposit while still living there and knowing he has the funds, he
is now refusing to pay for entirely spurious reasons. When the property
was finally vacated by the tenants the upstairs shower, despite frequent
requests, had not been repaired in six months. In addition large and
hazardous chunks of plaster ceiling cladding regularly fell to the ground,
the water poured kitchen ceiling during rain and the heating did not work.

Shak also visited the property with an associate and vociferously pushed
the case for him to remove the fittings and furniture from the property,
despite the tenants still residing within the property, on the flimsy
pretext they’d be given the deposit upon selling these items. On moving out
he completely stripped the property to the point of, removing toilets,
sinks, fireplaces, shower units and light fittings, as well as ripping out
walls and flooring to get at the copper piping. When the tenants replied asking for
their deposit to be returned he replied via a text that began, “LOL”.”

Nottingham Solidarity Network


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