Wembley mother pens book to help protect private tenants from rogue landlords

Naomi Moore with her book

Naomi Moore with her book - Credit: Archant

A lone parent from Wembley has written a book she hopes will help thousands of private tenants protect themselves against rogue and callous landlords.

Naomi Moore, a housing lawyer from Brent Community Law Centre in High Road, Willesden, for the past three years, was inspired to write The Tenant’s Rights Manual: The Essential Guide to Renting, following her own experiences, both personally and at work.

Four years ago, Ms Watts, who lives with her two-year-old son, was evicted from the flat she lived in when the landlord failed to pay the mortgage.

She said: “I had no rights to take them to court and when I was trying to leave the letting agent was making things very difficult telling me I had to pay all kinds of charges.

“I’d been studying law at the time thinking that’s not right. I thought me being somebody who knows the law would know how to deal with this but anybody else just wouldn’t have a clue.”

After hearing shocking stories from clients coming to the law centre she decided to put her knowledge in a book, which she said people can share with family and friends.

In her book she explains in simple terms everything from what rental contracts should include to how to protect deposits and details protections the tenant has against harassment, illegal evictions and poor conditions and how to challenge them within the law.

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She added: “It’s better to be informed, better able to deal with tenancy problems if they arise. If they can’t get legal aid and can’t afford a solicitor, this gives them a step by step guide of what to do.”

The book is available on the Amazon website priced at £12.99.