Teenager law student, 19, wins first case against landlord

Teenager law student, 19, wins first case against landlord

In fact, Jack Simm's university lodgings resembled a "construction site", according to him.

So he did what any self-respecting law student would do: he sued his landlord and won his first case using his textbooks.

In September 2020, he was in his first year at the University of East Anglia, living in Norwich's Velocity Student housing.

He didn't get to see it because he earned his university spot through clearance.

"I expected to get what I saw in the photographs," he says. "These excellent, upscale student apartments."
But when he arrived, things changed.

The facility was developed by The Freedman Project LLP and administered by Estateducation.

"There were skips and workers everywhere, smashing the walls and ceiling." Sanding dust filled the area.

"It was almost comical that people moved into this property since it was so bad. It was just in a bad shape."
After a week, Jack quit paying his rent. Despite a debt collector's threats, he went back to his books and built his case.
He gathered evidence, compiled case law and statutes relating to contract representation, and sued for breach of contract and misrepresentation.

"It was easy to be honest," recalls Jack, from Newcastle.

"I was studying contract law." It was as simple as opening my contract law textbook and applying some of the applicable law."

"We sued for our deposit and first month's rent back," he continues. In total, they sued for roughly £7,000."

On November 2, an online hearing at Newcastle County Court was held, and Jack won £999 plus court expenses. Refusal of the counterclaim

"It really really instilled in me that young people need to back themselves," he remarked.

"These landlords can't win," he added. "You must sue them if this occurs. Change is afoot. "Culture must shift."

The BBC approached Estateducation for comment.