XXXXX Estate Agents found us two Brazilian ladies who signed a 12 month Tenancy Agreement for a 3 bed. terraced house in London. On an arranged inspection visit in the first month, we found two foreign men, one of whom claimed to be the son of one of the ladies. They have changed the front door lock to a push-button one and refused us viewing of the main rooms of the house, the windows of which were obscured so we could not find out how they were used. LT had failed to complete the Agreement properly, putting "N/A" for "Permitted Occupants". We fear the house may be used for illegal purposes and want to re-gain possession on grounds of breach of terms of agreement (e.g. changed lock )We need advice how to proceed and whether to report this to the police.
The change to push-button lock and refusal to allow inspection is not consistent with use by the two named tenants. Landlords are expected to check for illegal immigrants, but we are prevented from doing that. Surely this is illegal ?
But does not a clear breach of several terms of the Tenancy Agreement entitle us to terminate it ? Why else bother to state terms ?
We need to terminate Agreement because unspecified tenants would invalidate our insurance. My question was what process/forms do we need to use for that.
Tenancy started in December 2013 and is for 12 months. The deposit is in the approved Deposit Scheme. Refusal to allow us to inspect the house surely must be a gross violation and grounds for termination of Agreement.
My complaint is that they are not using the house as stipulated in the Agreement (i.e. for accommodation for the two ladies); that they have changed the locks, refused us access to view the house fully and obscured the windows of the main rooms, and men unknown to us are in residence. How can this be other than grounds for termination of the Agreement ?
Because the Agent went there and confirmed in an e-mail to me that he met the two men who actually stated that they intended to sub-let rooms (expressly ruled-out in the Agreement. The fact that they refuse to show us the main rooms means we cannot know to what purpose they are being used.
Where do I get S8 forms ?