The Civil & Administrative Tribunal has just posted a recent tenancy case, Xia and Yaoxiang Wang and Shefang Bian, which should give any tenant cause for thought about toxic landlords. The Tribunal noted that the landlord “made constant unsubstantiated assertions of dishonesty on the part of the tenant and her parents”. The ACAT also quoted from a previous 2007 tenancy case involving Wang & Bian, where:
- “this lessor continues to rent premises in wilful disregard of the provisions of the legislation, with no regard for the rights of the tenants and that his dealing with the tenants who have made application to the RTT have been characterised by bullying and deceit on the lessors’ part. In the opinion of the Tribunal both Mr Wang and Ms Bian are witnesses of little credit and their appearance before the Tribunal has been characterised by offensive and insulting behaviour directed at both tenants and Tribunal members”.
In its final paragraph, the ACAT “found as a fact that each of unlawful or inappropriate actions carried out by the lessors at para 156 above constitute breaches of the tenant’s quiet enjoyment. Even if these actions fell short of a constructive unlawful eviction they were so severe as to in fact cause the tenant to vacate the premises”.
Beware these toxic landlords.