I've found a flat that I want to rent now. Normally, you give a week's rent as a deposit to secure the flat and stop the viewings.
I'm being told by Anscombe & Ringland that I need to give 2 weeks rent as deposit and the tenancy agreement fee?! How is that possible?
Is there a something I can quote them to stop them taking 2 weeks & take only 1 week and without paying the tenancy agreement fee until we all actually sign?
Yes, there is one more thing.
I got burned on my last contract. I wanted to stay in the flat for 5 years and the landlord didn't want to renew after 2 years which is why I had to find another flat. The agent never said anything about putting 'option to renew' in the contract. I don't want that to happen again.
Is it best to take a 3 year tenancy with a 6 month get out clause or
a 1 year tenancy with a 6 month get out clause and an 'option to renew' clause for each subsequent year? I don't know what to do for the better. Please help as the agent wants me to give them a deposit tomorrow.
They can get us out even with an option to renew clause?
So really the best thing for my son and I is the 3 year tenancy huh?
Can I break the 3 year tenancy if something monumental came up without being taken to the cleaners?
Wow, I'm really not sure what to do. I met the landlord and we got on well and he seemed very nice and reasonable, but he said in conversation that before I came along he was looking to rent or sell whichever came first.
I'm very stressed and anxious about moving somewhere new because I didn't expect to be doing this. I don't want to keep uprooting my son but I equally don't want to get locked into 3 years say for instance I have insane neighbors in the building.
Is there any last piece of advice you could give me to make an informed decision?Can I trust him to not ask us to leave so he can sell after a year or two? I don't really have anyone to turn to. I'm a single parent, my brothers are in the US and there's only so much your friends will listen to.Sorry to be a bother.
The landlord of the new property I'm renting does not use an agent to manage it. I was told that the deposit would be with the TDS or DPS. Is DPS as good as TDS? Do I have a choice as the tenant into which scheme it goes?
Yes! Who did I rate?
Changing track a sec now
I agreed a pretty foolish rent for the flat i think.
It is a furnished flat but was listed by the agent as furnished or unfurnished. At first I thought I would take a bit of the furniture, particularly the ikea cupboards as there is no storage space in the flat.
In the end, I only take a kitchen table & chairs & the wardrobes in 2 bedrooms & a bed and a couple of chairs (it is a 3 bedroom flat).
However, I just noticed my agreement says furnished flat.
Should the rent have been less seeing that I didn't keep much?
Is that something that I should renegotiate at the end of the years tenancy
Is there anything that I can do now?
One other thing, the flat I've rented from Anscombe & Ringland but they are not managing it. The landlord is managing it.
Who should do the gas safety certificate?
And who tests the electricals?
Thank you for the above.
Can the landlord stop using the agent after the end of tenancy and deal directly with me if they want to?
so, is there a way for him to get out of that if he's locked in?
It seems criminal that agents have so much power over people. I've actually written to my MP Glenda Jackson to address this manipulation of people and the property market. They are no better than rogue traders.
Thank you very much. I will pass that onto the landlord as he made me aware that he is very unhappy with the agent and didn't know if could get rid of the agent at the end of the tenancy.
Thanks for all the info.
Ok, really truly, last question. Is a 6 month rolling break clause better than just a 6 month break clause?
Can you tell me if this is what I'm trying to achieve. I asked for tenant option to renew and the landlord agreed. However, the agent has written this in special provisions:
The landlord will on written request from the Tenant made within the third month before the end of the Tenancy Period and provided that at the end of the Tenancy Period the Tenant has complied with all the terms of this agreement enter intoa new Tenancy Agreement in respect of the Property containing the same obligations and terms(except for the terms regarding renewal) for a tenancy period of 12 months BUT this clause will not apply if the Agreement is ended by the Tenant under the provisions of the Early Termination clause above. It is further agreed that any request served by post must be sent by registered post and will only be deemed to have been served by the Tenant to Notices Under Tenancy Agreements, The Chancellors Group.......
I have asked for Tenant Option to Renew clause.
Is that the clause? It sounds a bit like its circumventing.
Is this protecting my ability to renew the contract or is it just a lot of words that don't offer me the option to renew at the end of the first year and subsequent years?
I got burned on my last contract which didn't give me option to renew and I had to leave the flat. I don't want that to happen again with this new property. I need stability.
I have been passed this to deal with in the short term.
Yes, it does give you the option to renew provided you have complied with the terms of the tenancy.
But why don't you let for a longer period?
I originally wanted a longer let and stability, but I'm not sure how much I like the area. Then the landlord said he would be happier with a yearly renewal. If my son and I like it, can we renegotiate the terms after a year. ie to have a longer tenancy?
Is there any way to cut out the agent in the future? They just make everything more complicated and expensive.
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