I have posted before on this subject but really want to clarify that although I privately rent my property I have NOT approached the letting agent of my property who want to charge me £150 for renewing my tennacy agreement in April 2017. I have been in my current property in 2017 for 14 years. My current landlord who is charming by the way has decided to put the property with a letting agent of his choice, mainly I believe because his partner’s daughter has a senior position at this agency.
I did not choose to change agents, as I would never choose an agent that charged £150 to renew a digital agreement. This letting agent actually takes no responsibility for the property whatsoever. All dealings are directly with the landlord at their home address. So this letting agent has not been to the property for my rental, not ever checked over the property (home checks) in fact not ever done anything aprt from send me digital (docudesk) agreement for me to sign in 2014. So why am I expected to pay this £150, which I’m going to refuse to do, but then of course there will be a backlash of unpleasant feeling, but I just feel so agrieved by it.
- I’m waiting to have damp resolved in my bedroom and living room since 2011. The property has no ventilation bathroom and kitchen, no CH which the company that looked in to this advised CH and to have vents put in to remove moisture from the air. It was supposed to be done during 2014 when I signed the new agreement – still waiting with anothr winter coming up walls are already getting wet and black.
- New carpets where agreed back in 2013 as they are extremely worn, no new carpets as yet. I have always looked after the property as if it’s my own. This year, three leaks, one in the loft from the overflow pipe to the outside, one in the toilet cistern, and one from the sink pipe to the outside of the property, all of which I’ve dealt with without worrying the landlord. He is aware of this.
- Lastly, I have had regular rent increases over the last 5 years, this last tenancy agreement has been the only one for 2 years, but all previous 12 months, one year it was as much as £25 per month increase, which I feel is extortianate. The property is owned by the landlord outright, no mortgage.
The rental market in the UK needs to change considerably. As far as I’m concerned letting agents work for landlords, not tenants, especially if a tennant has not even approached them for services.