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.