This is my first post so aplogies if i have put it in the wrong place!
The building i used to reside in was purchased by a new owner who saw fit to increase the rent, which i disputed but was given the old “dont like it move” line. I signed the new tenancy agreement which was very generic and appeared to be for new tenants and some of the clauses were not relevant i.e deposit amount and setting up a direct debit. I have an email from the letting agency asking me to hurry up and sign as the solicitors need the paperwork and not to worry and that it would not effect my tenancy.
A few months down the line i found a new cheaper premises and gave over 1 months notice to the letting agency. I did this by letter and email. I heard nothing for 2 weeks and emailed again asking for follow up. They stated they were no longer the managing agency but were unable to tell me who it now was but said tbey would sort it and return deposit and check the flat etc. They were also unable to tell me who the landlord was as it was in the process of beimg sold again.
On the last day of my tenancy i had a snotty email from the letting agent saying “by the way the landlord is not happy as you are still in a fixed term tenancy. Apparantly i had foolishly signed the new tenancy aggreement and not accounted for this fact!
They want me to pay 2 months rent till the fixed term is over! Is there anyway out of this as i cant afford it. The deposit scheme was all done correctly and i have asked them to keep my deposit. I feel the letting agent is at fault here as they accepted my notice and had they pointed this out in the beginning i would never have moved. I may just wait and see if they will take me to court. Is there anyway i may be able to get out of this?
Sorry for the long winded story i felt it necessary to give you the details! Thank you for any advice!