How do I get my property back?
Whether your tenants have rent arrears, have caused damage or you simply need it back, the first step is to serve them with either a Section 21 Notice or a Section 8 Notice (under the Housing Act 1988).
Whats the difference?
A Section 21 Notice must be in writing and give two clear months’ notice. There are also additional requirements depending on when the tenancy started. The tenant doesn’t have to have breached their tenancy.
A Section 8 Notice must be in a prescribed form and gives two weeks’ notice. It applies when the tenant has breached their tenancy in some way, usually by building up rent arrears.
Is there any point in making a claim against the prison service?
Yes. If you have been injured or mistreated in prison bringing a claim could help you achieve some peace of mind, and could lead to you obtaining compensation for any losses or injury.
Is there any point in making a claim against the police?
Yes. If you have been affected by police misconduct bringing a claim could help you achieve some peace of mind, and could lead to you obtaining compensation for any losses or injury.
Can I make a claim against the prison service?
The prison service (or the various private companies that operate prisons on behalf of the government) have to satisfy legal requirements. If they do not satisfy these requirements you may be able to bring a claim.
Can I make a claim against the police?
The police have to abide by the law, just like everyone else. If they have acted unlawfully in any respect, then you may be entitled to bring a claim.
I was tasered and have injuries, can I make a claim?
The police are entitled to use reasonable force when making a lawful arrest. If the use of a taser in the particular circumstances of your case was excessive then you may have a claim. Equally, if there is no lawful reason to arrest you, then any use of force would be unlawful and would give rise to a claim.
I have lost business because the police arrested me, can I make a claim?
If the decision to arrest you was unlawful, or if you were detained longer than you should have been you may be able to claim.
My reputation has been damaged by the police, can I make a claim?
Being investigated by the police can certainly damage a person’s reputation. You may have a claim if the police have acted unlawfully in any respect, for example by arresting you unlawfully, or prosecuting you without genuine belief in your guilt.
The police have lost my property can I make a claim?
Police seize all kinds of property during their investigations. They have a duty to keep that property safe. If they have lost it then you may be able to claim compensation for the value of the lost property.
The police have destroyed my computer, can I make a claim for compensation?
Police often seize computers and search them for information as part of their investigations into alleged offences. They should keep them safe and should not damage or destroy anything they seize. If that has happened, you may have a claim for compensation to cover the value of the destroyed item.