Have been living there 18 months-original lease 12 months but understand is 'continuous'.
If electrics were corrected, what could I do re agreement? Could pay rent due providing an agreement witnessed. would that stand legally should he still pursue s 21.
If pursues s 21 what can I do to stop or prolong period before move. Is difficult to find housing in London-short supply.
If pay rent, would ask him to withdraw s 21 and 8.
He does not want to admit liability but offered rent reductions over period of time till works start in house. But most of reduction is in last 2 months of 8 month period. he could go for s 21 and then I would not have received most of reduction.
If an agreement is written and signed by my witness and his , is it legally binding?
Think he might be using it as empty promise just to get back rent . he could then pursue s 21. I would want agreement from him to withdraw s 21 upon payment of rent.
What is best way to term agreement for it to stand legally? thankyou for kind assistance
Thankyou. By term agreements I should have written 'terms' used to validate agreement as legal. Think the continuous periodic tenancy agreement would stand. Am referring to legal terminology, eg 'without prejudice' or other more appropriate term to ensure any agreement re reduced rent would stand in court. Or should there be a new agreement with reductions stipulated?
As background-Only withheld rent to finally have heating repaired- landlord insisted he had insurance and it would cover repairs. But there was an installation problem re electrics which were dangerous.
Waited patiently each month and total of 8 engineers came from insurance company. incompetency and neglect. had to have plumber repair since insurance did not cover installation problems-the main problems.Still need electric certificate. landlord gave one for 2014 and said not need renew for one year.
waiting outstanding gas certificate for this year- appointment due.
The rent reductions he proposed are more or less equal to compensation I asked for lack of facilities i.e. heating and hot water over 9 months. He is trying to hook it into reductions if continue to live there. Not want to admit liability.
He also said wants to spend no more on house. wants me to be responsible for decor and maintenance! no thanks!
Just got electrics on- but was timely reminder.
What is best way to protect myself?
Think he is not declaring income from this- will only accept cheque not direct debit. Also large tax allowance for repairs much larger than any costs paid so far. He has other flats -people sometimes use allowances for receipts from other properties.
How can I check if he is declaring income?
Another point is deposit scheme . There was a deposit scheme. but only covered 1 year original tenancy-not sure.
It is possible that the last six months have not been covered for periodic tenancy--- is it possible I can claim back rent if deposit not covered?
Thankyou for your help. This is stressful and parent just died. Sorry for any unclear considerations.
Re protect self -is if pay rent will landlord adhere to agreement re subsequent reductions and withdraw s.21.
Protect also re terms of agreement re reductions as in para 1 of last reply. terminology to affirm there is adjustment to rent per month i.e. reduction in lieu of compensation deducted outright from rent.
Also it is better to have new tenancy agreement?
Landlord said would give me receipt saying rent paid in full even though reduction made. No benefit to me. Think he needs agreement to use against remortgage to fund renovation. thankyou
What compensation is appropriate for lack of heating and hot water for 9 months.?
There were some times when heating worked 1 hour approx and stopped because pump damaged. To achieve this had to try to turn on every day manually because ignition was not working properly. Also period when heating not working at all. Basically never knew if heating and hot water available. Had to boil kettle to wash body, dishes etc. Have witnesses.and engineer reports.