My Boyfriend and I moved (into a double room in the property rented out by the estate agency on behalf of the landlord) on 26th October 2015.
After 7 and a half months of being here, we are now all going onto a joint tenancy agreement. This is because a previous tenant left without paying her rent due. There is 6 tenants all together.
On Sunday 12th June, the go between tenant (he’s point of contact between us and the agency – we pay the rent into his account and he pays it on, only last month he held back paying the agency, and they were asking where our rent was! I was livid until I discovered he hadn’t paid it in on time) presented only me with a joint tenancy agreement, assuming I was going to sign there and then! I said I want to read it first.
What I discovered is my boyfriend is excluded from this so called joint tenancy agreement, despite us being told we have to contribute to the shortfall of the rent not paid by this ex tenant, even though we’ve not signed anything, and gone nearly 8 months with no written legal information.
I said I won’t sign it, and the go between said why? I replied my boyfriend’s name was excluded despite me going into the agency in person on the 27th May with both our required references and payslips, and emailing photos of our passport photos. My boyfriend has emailed the estate agents to amend the agreement accordingly.
Q1: Shouldn’t we all each get a copy of the joint tenancy agreement?
I’m uncomfortable signing an agreement, and not having a copy to refer to
We were informed, despite paying our deposit to the previous tenant in the room we rent, we will receive our deposit when we leave. I don’t understand how the agency can find money to do that, but it will be a huge comfort to know we’ll get it back.
Q2: If the tenancy agreement mentions all tenants deposits are protected, should we each receive a tendency deposit certificate? If not, can we ask for details of where our deposit is?
Q3: I’m not sure what protection we as tenants will have on this agreement.
Q4: Should the signing of this contract be witnessed by a legal representative?
All I know is we paid an outgoing tenant our deposit, and we’ve had no tenancy agreement for months – and now we’ve been told we’ll all be responsible for paying the rent of others if they leave without paying rent.
Seems to me, the agency are only concerned about getting the money. I can’t see any protection, just more hassle.