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hope someone can help. I recently signed a 6 month contract but I have recently found out that the contract I signed and dated at the time informed me of the wrong landlord. He didn’t and still doesn’t own the property. Is this a breach of my rights and falsification of documents by the estate agent? 

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Hi,

There are a couple of things to consider here;

1) Is the contract signed by an Agent on behalf of a Landlord? and is the mentioned Landlord looking to purchase the property?

2) Regardless of the Landlord’s name, this can be corrected on the tenancy agreement. The fact you still signed the tenancy agreement for the address and the rent mentioned would suggest you intended to proceed with the contract.

I would assume the error of the Landlord’s name is down to a mistake on the agents part and it is unlikely they intended to have you sign a false document. I am not too sure if you are now wanting to withdraw from the contract or if you are just querying the document?

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I am wanting to break from the contract early due to a house purchase completing. I had no contract with the previous landlord who has decided to sell on a buy to let, which will then be managed by the estate agent. There is currently a problem with damp in the bedroom and other items that need fixing. On contact with them, I was told I need to get the old landlord to do the work. I think the estate agent will then manage the property on the new landlords behalf. The whole process was not explained fully at the time and need to know my rights to break.

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I am wanting to break from the contract early due to a house purchase completing. I had no contract with the previous landlord who has decided to sell on a buy to let, which will then be managed by the estate agent. There is currently a problem with damp in the bedroom and other items that need fixing. On contact with them, I was told I need to get the old landlord to do the work. I think the estate agent will then manage the property on the new landlords behalf. The whole process was not explained fully at the time and need to know my rights to break.

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Regarding your tenancy with the old Landlord, there may not have been an actual written contract however there would be an implied contract as you pay rent each month to the landlord and in return you occupy the property with the Landlord carrying out repairs etc.

I am still not clear on the new contract you have signed; who has counter signed this, the agent or the new landlord? If it is signed and dated then unfortunately you have a legally binding contract and unless the landlord agrees to you being released early from the contract (there may be costs involved) then you will have to fulfil the obligations of the contract ie. paying rent and utilities etc.

Depending on the remaining length of your tenancy, it may be worth handing in your notice now with the intention to vacate at the end of the 6 month period.

Regarding maintenance, this may have been an agreement that was made between the solicitors during negotiations of the sale and it may be that the previous landlord is responsible still for the outstanding works. If he was aware of the repairs prior to the sale completing then you will need to chase him up on having the works done.

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I was not provided a copy of the contract.  Mine was the first signature on the contract, which I dated. There was only reference to the landlords name, no signature. The sale of the property has not yet completed and I have only just informed them of the damp which will most likely require a damp proofing course. If no one is willing to fix this, can I approach the local authority? I have 3 months left remaining, and I do not have a copy of the contract, a person to help with repairs and no it appears to right to terminate and leave early 🙁

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I was not provided a copy of the contract.  Mine was the first signature on the contract, which I dated. There was only reference to the landlords name, no signature. The sale of the property has not yet completed and I have only just informed them of the damp which will most likely require a damp proofing course. If no one is willing to fix this, can I approach the local authority? I have 3 months left remaining, and I do not have a copy of the contract, a person to help with repairs and no it appears to right to terminate and leave early 🙁

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