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Alex Watts : I assume it is a term of the agreement not to withhold rent please?
Alex Watts : When does the agreement fixed period end please?
Started 6mths 1 June 2013. "Renewed" 1 month notice as per Agreement.
Any rent is due in full, £20 charge if any "unreasonable" delay as per Agreement
Alex Watts : But is there a clause saying can not with hold or set off rent?
Yes ....unless agreed in writing by the landlord.....(which it has NOT been!)
Alex Watts : Ok. And the deposit is protected?
Alex Watts : And everything is in order now?
Mould (small patch on chimney breast) will require long-term work. Plumbing work completed but T claims still not working 100%. None of which presents health issue or T stating that happy to remain in premises.
Alex Watts : yes. So how Iis it I can help you tonight?
Is T entitled to part-pay rent when L not agreed (writing or otherwise)? Does the T have justifiable cause to take action against L or visa versa. Can L delay longer term repairs (particularly in current weather situation!)?
Alex Watts : No. The tenant can not agree to with hold ANY rent whatsoever.
Alex Watts : Landlord can delay repairs yes espxira
Alex Watts : Especially if the weather is preventing them being done.
OK, as suspected. How do I convey this to T without compromising my position as L or risking aggravating the T as they may perceive it differently to my intentions?
Alex Watts : Well if they give you grief you can serve a section 21
Alex Watts : You need to say that due to the current weather the longer term repairs are delayed.
Alex Watts : Does that help a.
Alex Watts : help?
OK. If I send a written statement outlining the issues raised and indicate T is in breach of Agreement I am covered. If worse comes to worse S21 can be issued .....
Alex Watts : Yes indeed.
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Thanks for your excellent reply - especially at this late hour! If things go pear-shape can I still get back to you? Thanks.
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