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Can landlord suddenly charge for parking

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Hi,

I moved into my rented flat just over a month ago. When I looked round the property, I asked whether the car parking was free, and the estate agent confirmed that it was. 

However, yesterday I received a letter in my post box that said the letting agent will begin to charge for the parking as of the end of the month. They said electric gates will be fitted and unless I pay £22.50 for a fob, I won’t be able to park in the space that I have been using free of charge since I moved in.

Can my landlord do this? There’s nothing whatsoever about the parking in the contract, so can they just slap a charge in me? 

Any advice would be appreciated, thank you! 

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Hi Hannah

Unfortunately, if the tenancy agreement doesn’t state that the parking space is covered by the rent you pay then you’re not entitled to it for free. The only way you might be able to establish a right to it is if you have in writing that the agent told you there would be no charge for it. If not, then it’s a bit difficult to establish a basis on which to refuse to pay.

Alex

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