I am a student tenant in a tenancy running from June 2015-June 2016. We are 2 girls. We have been excellent tenants, paid on time – the letting agent likes us we have a good relationship.
I had been due to move to another property from June 2016 (sharing with a different girl friend). We had a signed contract for that but that property became unavailable as the landlord has decided to sell it. Ouch.
Housing is hard to find in this city and searches take lots of time and can be fruitless. I decided to stay in my current house and told my letting agent who said this would be fine. They told us that although they had issued a contract for another pair of students to take the house after June 2016, I would get priority, as current and good tenants and they would tell the other party that the property was no longer available to them. (not great for them , I agree, but exactly the same as had happened to us).
They have now changed their mind. The “new propective tenants” got the university accomodation officer to weigh in on their side and put pressure on the agent to honour their agreement with them.
We have wasted valuable time, having taken them at their word and cannot find a new place in time; I work as does my friend (we are on placement years) – next year is our final year.
Can the agent do this?
We have done nothing wrong and want to extend our tenancy til June 2017. ( or sign a new fixed 1 yr tenancy)
This seems very unfair.
We know the landlord could seek a possession order if we refused to leave and carried on paying rent but would the agent want to get embroiled in that?
We are thinking of literally refusing to leave. And of course to keep paying rent. Would we be in a strong position? Advice sought please as we are very upset and have done nothing wrong. Our University seems happy to favour making us homeless over some other students who probably have more time to house hunt than we do. Its extremely stressful. And I dont see that the University should have any power over this situation.
thanks for any advice.