Hope you can help with my query.
We are under a 6 months AST for this property. We quiried the inventory as being incorrect imediately on taking the property, then hit with illegal eviction notice within 4 weeks as letting agent and landlord didnt like us querying the inventory and asking for urgent repairs. Smoking/ burning lights, faulty electrics etc.
Challenged the eviction notice and subsequently withdrawn.Complained to Directors of letting agents in September, issues never really resolved and most still outstandiing. Endless maintenance problems within our short time here, shower not working then leaking once fixed so unable to use. Dangerous gas fire etc.
November – issued with section 21 3 month notice of posession (6 months AST ends 31st January)
Finally got landladies contact details after many requests, made formal written complaint to her early december asking for rent abatement due to issues.
Landlady passed it back to letting agent, involved PO and ARLA who advised to formally ask for rent abatement and refund of fees from letting agents again. They have until 15th January to respond or I will be pursuing through small claims court.
My questions are:
Am I right in thinking we didnt have to give months notice as under 6 months AST and served with Section 21? Hope I am as we havent given any notice yet and due to move out of here in next couple of weeks.
Letting agent has just emailed me saying the property is going back on the market and they will be in conatct to arrange new tenants to view. In agreement it does say we have to allow access and under normal circumstances would have gladly done so. However, due to living here in such poor conditions for last 6 months and in dispute with them, do I have to comply and let them show prospective tenants around?
IF I do have to, could I show passive ressitance? ie posters on shower stating reported in July, ‘repaired’ October for 4 days, leaking since and unuseable.
Leave illegal eviction notice lying around with letter from solicitor attached stating illegal and harassment.
OR can I just ignore? IF they turned up with someone, just not allow them access? OR arrange a viewing but then cancel when they get here?
We have had a shocking time this last 6 months and am not in any mood to asist them in ripping some other poor bu**ers off.