I’m experiencing big problems starting a new tenancy, here’s what is going on: I have viewed a 2 bed flat via agency and placed a holding deposit to put the property off the market (£300). Me and my wife were told the current tenants were to be ending their tenancy on Nov 1st and this gave us the time to provide our landlord with 30 days notice.
After a while we were told the tenants were giving some troubles to move out, so the new date was agreed to be Nov 12th. By that time we provided the agency with documents and signed the contract for the tenancy commencement.
We have received communication from the agency today that the situation has aggravated: the current tenant had been summoned to court with regards to some missing payments and had been given eviction notice. Due to some delays, the flat is not going to be available until next year. Given the fact I can no longer extend my current tenancy agreements, this situation will leave me and my family with no place to go.
I’m here to ask some advice with regards to the following:
– Holding deposit: will the landlord/agency give the amount back?
– Contract: I have already signed the contract but was the contract even supposed to be proposed with a lawsuit in progress?
– Cost of temporary housing: who’s potentially responsible for any temporary cost of housing due to the fact I’ll be out of my flat on the 18th? I know little about what happens now but I assume there will be some liability for either agency or landlord.
Can you please give me some advice? In the meantime I’ll try to find a new place to live in less than a week.