Our tenancy expires on Dec. 28. We received a Section 21 notice on Nov. 20 (through the agent, by email, and unsigned) that stated the landlord wanted possession of property by Jan 27, if terms of a renewal were not agreed upon, and asking what our intentions were. We replied we would like to stay and asked what the new terms would be. It is now Dec. 6 and the agent’s communications have been very vague, talking only about fair market value, and doing some improvements in return for an increase. After many requests, no specific terms have been disclosed.
1) Is the landlord able to send a Section 21, but at the same time offer hope of renewal and drag out negotiations?
2) Does the fact that the Jan. 27 possession date lies a month after the lease expiry date, actually move us to a periodic lease, requiring a different form to be issued by the landlord for eviction?
A further complication is that the Section 21 notice, names a different landlord than the one who signed the original lease. It is actually his wife, and we assume that ownership of the flat was transferred to her after a divorce settlement.
3) Should we have been informed of this change of landlord? Does the fact that we were not informed, make the Section 21 invalid?