How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Thomas Your Own Question

Thomas, Lawyer
Category: UK Property Law
Satisfied Customers: 7149
Experience:  BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
Type Your UK Property Law Question Here...
Thomas is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I live in rented bungalow, and am coming to the end of my second

Resolved Question:

I live in rented bungalow, and am coming to the end of my second year of an annual renewable assured shorthold tenancy. I received the standard notice requiring possession of a fixed term tenancy on 22/8/11 and returned my request to stay on 27/8/11. The property is administered by local estate agency. Despite verbal assurance that I can continue with the tenancy, and chasing them 3 times for official confirmation, I am still awaiting written confirmation. There is less then two weeks left to the official repossession date.
I experienced the same problem on the renewal date last year when I was given written confirmation of acceptance, and 3 days notice to sign the agreement. My contact at the estate agency tells me there is nothing to be concerned about, but having a disabled wife would give me a major challenge if they renaged on the 'verbal understanding'. What is my best course of action please.
Many thanks. Dan Keeble
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: UK Property Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for your question.
To enable me to answer your question could you please respond to the following using the same numbering:-
1. When does the fixed term of this current agreement expire
2. The written notice – did you receive 2 months notice requiring possession ?
3. When was this notice to expire – the end of the fixed term of the current agreement?
Kind regards.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

1. 2 November 2011


2. Notice dated 22 August 2011


3. 2 November 2011





Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.
Hi Dan,

Thanks for your reply.

It appears as though the notice that has been served is a valid s21 notice for the purposes of acquiring possession at the end of the fixed term, so you cannot just do nothing knowing that they will not be able to get possession because of an invalid notice.

The practical reality is that there is not a great deal you can do to prompt their issuing you a new tenancy agreement. It is their prerogative to issue you with a new agreement (or not) and also at what speed to do this unfortunately.

If they do not issue you with a new tenancy agreement then they cannot simply evict you once the fixed term of the agreement expires – they must apply for a Court Order first. If they use the accelerated possession procedure – where there is no requirement for a Court Order – then they could expect to get an Order for possession between 3-4 weeks from the date of the application for the order. They can only apply for this once the fixed term has ended.

So, if they have not issued you with a tenancy agreement by the expiry you of the fixed term then you will know that even if they do apply for an order then you have a window of time to organise alternative accommodation.

Until then all you can do is chase them really. I should think that attending their office would illicit a more speedy response than simply phoning or email them and you may be able to gauge whether they intend not to issue a new agreement whilst you are there.

You have my sympathies though, my grievances with agents are many and plenty. They simply aren’t regulation enough, or at all in fact.

If this has been useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. If you do not click accept your money stays with the site and I do not receive any credit for the time I have taken to answer your question. You will not be charged any further money for clicking accept.

Kind regards,


Thomas, Lawyer
Category: UK Property Law
Satisfied Customers: 7149
Experience: BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
Thomas and 2 other UK Property Law Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick Leeds, UK
< Previous | Next >
  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick Leeds, UK
  • I did not know a French Law service existed and I was very impressed with the speed of reply --- very professional. Many thanks! Ms. Baker Alfafar, Spain
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie USA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC

Meet The Experts:

  • Thomas



    Satisfied Customers:

    BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
< Last | Next >
  • Thomas's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
  • INC's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    LL.B, Pg.Dip, LL.M, M.B.A (Pending), Solicitor-Advocate. UK Practising Certificate issued by SRA., DIFC Courts Registered (Dubai)
  • Alex J.'s Avatar

    Alex J.


    Satisfied Customers:

    LPC, 2 Years Conveyancing
  • Buachaill's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    Barrister 17 years experience
  • Matt J's Avatar

    Matt J


    Satisfied Customers:

  • John Knox's Avatar

    John Knox


    Satisfied Customers:

    solicitor with 8 years experience
  • PortsmouthLaw's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    I have been a solicitor, dealing with property law issues since 1981