Hi, I live in a shared house, with one tenancy agreement for the property, rather than individual contracts. (An assured shorthold tenancy, rather than a house of multiple occupancy, which I think has something to do with whether the bedroom doors have locks or not.)
I’m moving out, but my two housemates are staying. They’ve been here since Feb 2011, I moved in in Sept 2011. To avoid fees, I’ve waited until the end of our fixed tenancy agreement. Someone is moving in to replace me.
Our letting agent are charging renewal fees (a flat rate of £138 for the property), but the remaining housemates would like to stay on with a statutory periodof tenancy. This is complicated by the new person moving in.
It seems to me, it should either be: new person = new contract and therefore no renewal fees, or old contract is renewed, so a periodic tenancy is possible.
Can anyone advise? I love this site, but it could do with more info for housesharers.