Hello. My name is Roman. My friend was renting a property from an letting agency. He signed AST. But when it came to renew the tenancy the landlord changed the agency and offered new agreement. When we have a look we found out that the company and the person who is in the new agreement is not an agency and the person is not an agent. The landlord and that person is just working in the same company, the landlord is financial director, the person acting on behalf of the landlord is the manager in that company. The company has absolutely different business and is not a letting agency. I have some questions
1. Can that company charge for renewal fees?
2. Is that agreement is valid?