We were looking for a house in London recently and were told the 3rd property viewed wasn’t on the market yet, but we could look round.
The estate agent doesn’t have any keys and goes of to make a number of phone calls. He arrives back and jokes about climbing through the unlocked window. (He commented that he would, but his suit just got back from the dry cleaners.)
He goes of for another phone call and then we see he’s inside the house and has opened the front door for us.
We’re pretty sure he has broken in but figure he’s the letting agent and the current tenants aren’t in so he’s just a bit of a slippery slimeball (like all agents) Anyway we stupidly follow him into the property through the front door he opened for us and view the house as normal.
Then just as we’re in the front garden leaving, one of the tenants comes back home and see’s us. She rightly goes ballistic. It turns out not only did he break in, not only did he not have permission from the landlord or tenant, he was not even with the company that were currently letting the property!
He completely broke into a house to try and rent it to us when the current tenants contract ended.
So my question is am I safe from a legal stand point?
How do I support the current tenants if they wish to take the letting agent to court?