My real estate agency contacted me in January to renew my tenancy agreement expiring in April, giving me 1 week to respond and sign the renewed agreement. I thought my tenancy was renewed, but after asking for the signed copy of my renewed tenancy agreement for the third time in March, the real estate agency asked me to pay for a renewal fee.
I asked for a copy of my tenancy signed by my landlord 3 times. The first time was in January and I was told I would be provided with it closer to the renewal date in April, hinting that everything was in order. The second time I asked for one, I got no response, and the third time is when I was asked to pay a renewal fee in March.
This renewal fee is stated in my tenancy agreement, but the real estate agency never asked for me to pay it, until 3 weeks before my contract terminates. After they asked for it, I responded that they had known since January I did not pay the fee, and did not ask for it, while I was believing my tenancy agreement renewed. Because of the way they handled things, I feel mislead and now refuse to pay this fee.
The problem is that my notice period is 2 months. I could have given such a notice if they notified me of the fee at any time in the past months. With only 2 weeks left before expiration of my current tenancy agreement, can I ask to leave the flat at the terminate date of my tenancy agreement, or would they still ask for a 2 months notice period? That would then put me in the position of occupying the flat without a tenancy agreement.
What are the other possible scenarios? Could they simply seize the renewal fee from my deposit for instance?
Many thanks for your thoughts