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hi thanks for your replies. What if i still have the newspaper

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hi thanks for your replies. What if i still have the newspaper saying its for long term lease? we went for the property because of the long term advertisement.

Thanks for your question.

An advertisement does not constitute an offer under contract law. It is called an “invitation to treat”, which is basically a precontractual statement which is then followed by one party making an offer to the other to either accept or reject. It is not in itself legally binding.

If you wished to give legal effect to a long term tenancy as a result of the advert then you should have insisted on the length of the term of the tenancy being longer when you met with the landlord after seeing the advert. Because you agreed a shorter length this is what you are both legally bound to I’m afraid.

The advert is not going to be sufficient either to defend an application for an order for possession by the landlord after he has served you notice or to compel him to offer him the terms you want. He will either agree to the terms you want or her won’t, the advert won’t make a difference.

I’m sorry this is not the news you wanted to hear, but it’s better that you honestly appreciate the situation rather than potentially expose yourself to liability by relying on incorrect information.

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