Hi Alex the last contract would have been signed on or around the last day of August last year as it was due for renewal today
The contract is an Assured Short hold Tenancy relating to the Landlord and Tenant act 1987 and was signed on the 31st August 2013 by all the occupiers of the property
The reality is that if they don't want to pay can we enforce it with a solicitors letter
Yes thank you one more thing when we took the deposit from them 7 years ago the money was put into a business bank account for this property. Every month the rent is paid into this account and the mortgage paid out of it. The deposit is safe. They have written a letter about a secure tenant deposit protection scheme and the deposit being placed with a third person . This was not in place when we origionally started renting the property 10 years ago and we have never put the money into such scheme. I am lead to believe that the money can take up to two months to get out once it is required to pay back to a tenant. The scheme was probably started because of the large amount of bad landlords who would not return the deposit once the property has been checked. At worse it was an oversight on our behalf. They have not asked for any proof of where the money is held in the last 7 years and are probably just using it as stalling tactics. Regardless they are intending to use the deposit to sit tight until another property becomes available. Its a shame as we have always got on pretty well but it has left a bad taste and we will probably end up getting rid of the propert rather than have this problem again further down the line
How does that leave us then? if they have not asked for proof we are ok.
Ok Alex thanks for that we will get the two months notice enforced and the deposit will be placed in to the said scheme. I am actually due to go and collect the rent today should I leave until we have the solicitors letter