Thank you for your quick response.
A few follow up questions please,
1) Will it be us or the landlord to inform the court that we are withdrawing the claim in the event that we reach a settlement?
2) Does the agreement document need to be written up by a solicitor or a qualified legal advisor, in case there are any legal loopholes which the landlord may pursue in the future? Will there need to be a witness from both parties?
3) As one of the deadlines for the landlord to respond is tomorrow, what should he do to delay this whilst we work out a settlement?
Thank you for your answers.
Would you mind elaborating on point 3 please?
For example if we reach an agreement tonight, it might take us a few days to draw up the agreement letter and get it signed by both parties (or even longer if the landlord is not currently in the UK). From the landlord's perspective, he will want us to withdraw the claim as soon as possible, so he would not breach the deadline set by the court, which is tomorrow. We will not withdraw the claim until we have the signed agreement and the money in our bank, but we want to be able to convince the landlord that he will not be legally penalised if he misses the deadline tomorrow whilst we sort this out.