Hello, I'm a tenant (with wife and 1 child) with the current tenancy expiring August 14th, 2015. 2 months ago the landlord unexpectedly offered an extension until 31.3.2016, which we accepted and signed the corresponding agreement provided by the letting agency (Finders & Keepers Abingdon). We at that point gave up a search for alternative accomodation, which we had ongoing. Last Saturday, I got an email from the agency telling me that the landlord changed his mind and is no longer offering the extension. He hadn't signed the contract. He is currently offering and extension by 1 month, maximum 2 months if we can't move by September 14th. Whilst we have immediately started looking for alternatives, bought or rented, we cannot guarantee we can meet those deadlines. What are the tenants rights in this unusual situation? The agent just told me that unless we sign an extension for that short deadline, we will have to move out on 14.8 and that's it.
I signed the new electronic contract around July 14th when I was on holiday with kids from my previous marriage. My wife was at home and didn't realise she should sign too, as she is not fluent in English and I was unaware that she had also gotten a request to sign. On Saturday 25.7, after I had protested by email of the change in conditions, the agency resend the contract with the original end date, 31.3.2016, which my wife hastend to sign. At that point we thought that the landlord had backed down. Not so, as I understand, as the landlord went to see the agency today. To summarise, we only signed a contract with the originally agreed end date, not with a shortened one.
As stated in my first message he has not signed what he himself offered. If he had signed I would not need tour advice
I have so far no written notice. The landlord wants us to sign a one or two month contract extension. As we have indicated our unwillingness to accept such a short deadline and have not yet received a contract with the invitation to sign or go by 14.8,but those will bethe terms according to my correspondence with the agent.
Are you not forgetting that our current contract expires on 14.8 and there is currently no other contract signed by the landlord in existence. But it looks that no matter what, we cannot expect more than 2 months notice and the offer of a limited extension to 14.10 is in fact better than that. Am I getting that right?
OK, I understand. It is the 14.10 whether he gives notice or whether I simply agree to a limited 2 months extension. His offer may be in line with the law, because the agency informed him so. At least now I have a legal argument not to accept his push for a one month extension to 14.9 only.Thank you for your help!
I understand the principle. What is not clear is what the billing period is. We moved in mid August 4 years ago, but rent payment is taken by direct debit on the 1st. If the first marks the billing period, l better tread carefully,as he still has 2 days to issue notice for September 30, which is worse than Oct. 14th
Helo Alex,thanks, ***** ***** eno more questions. I signed the proposed extension, as it gives me the 2 months I'm entitled to by law.Best regards,Henri