We are currently having to move to a wheelchair friendly property as my fiance was diagnosed with cancer. So that only leaves us with new builds or ground floor.
Curran and Pinner in Beckenham, Kent hosted an open day for a property with lifts and good access for us. What we didn’t know was that there would be an endless stream of people within 5 mins of each other and more than one agent showing people around. Knowing what the market is like here and experience, we saw it and stated there and then that we wanted to take it. Told the agent before we left and she explained the process for taking it ‘off the market’. She called 2 hours later in the afternoon to ask advise us that in order to strengthen our position that we raise our rent ‘bid’. We explained the reasons we needed a property like this, perhaps more than say others would, and that that was our max budget. She said she would be in touch to let us know. Frankly she asked us nothing about ourselves to determine if we would be good tenants other than the generic registration form.
How are they able to do this legally and is there anything we can do about it?