I moved into a property on 7th January 2017. The kitchen is not fit for purpose, in that, the gas hob doesn’t work. The oven was without shelves, (I have since purchased these). I noted these things on the inventory and as a result refused to sign it.
I did a bit of research and found out what the problem was with the hob. I contacted the Landlord with this information. The Landlord did not believe my claims and insisted on the ‘handyman’ having a look at the hob. He confirmed that the hob wasn’t working. The Landlord has purchased a new hob and I’m waiting for this to be installed. Since then, the washing machine has broken, it was obvious on closer inspection that this was inevitable.
The landlord’s attitude has been less than agreeable. I’m now in my sixth week at the property and I have decided I to leave. If I do so, I am told by the letting agent I will have to pay a fee for every month of the contract; 12 month contract… 3 months resident, meaning, I will have to pay 7 months in fees. I can accept that I am in breach of contract but… Is there a case to take both the estate agent and the Landlord to a small claims court? I feel the estate agent misrepresented the property, I assumed the kitchen was fully operational; it is not. In terms of the Landlord, I want recoup the financial losses and inconvenience this has caused me.
Another thing…are estate agents required to inform tenants as to whether a rental property is managed by them or the Landlord? For future reference, could someone let me know what the position is on this.
i used a reputable estate agent, paid the fees and feel totally shafted.