I have been battling the letting agent for the last few weeks. The 12 month lease is about to expire. I contacted the LL about rolling into periodic lease. The LL has initially agreed but she wants 2 months notice. I have agreed to provide 2 months notice. The letting agent insisted that I MUST sign a 12 month lease and pay them renewal fees. I do to wish to lock in a fixed term and have to pay for the privilege for something I don’t want. They kept saying the rent stays the same but will not put it in writing.
In the Property Redress Scheme, it does state “
Where a Tenant wishes to remain in the property, they should not be charged any additional fee for holding over under a statutory periodic tenancy, or given the impression that they are obliged to agree to a new fixed term agreement. “
If I understand it correctly, the lease will automatically roll into periodic. What will happen if I ignore the request for a fixed month contract and not pay the renewals fees. Who can I send the dispute to if I get an eviction notice? Where can I go and complain about the letting agent?
Lookforward to hearing back from you.