Hello. I am a a 60yr old single woman living in a sheltered flat managed by a registered charity and I'm the only 1 of 18 tenants affected (so far?). The flat is in a 2 storey country 'manor house' set in extensive but very neglected gardens, in a lovely village where I have made many new friends. My 6 month tenancy is nearing the end, when to the mutual agreement of Landlord and tenant as agreed at the start, I could continue to live in the property, with no renewal charge. I paid 6 months rent in advance through a letting agency. I have given the landlord a signed direct debit paying my rent an extra 1 month in advance of that required. I have been what might be called a model tenant, placing tubs of colourful flowers on the lawns at the front of the property, at my own expense for the enjoyment of others and I fill 2 vases of flowers each week as a welcome in the entrance hall and communal lounge. Also making friends with the other (older) tenants and helping if they ask for help, keeping my flat in good order and even found them another tenant when they recently had 3 empty flats, as my sister liked my home so much, she moved into one of the empty flats. She too is a 'model tenant'. In fact as keen gardeners, we wanted to improve the shabby, weedy, overgrown 1 acre + gardens surrounding our home and another large garden surrounding the adjacent 15 resident care home, that we volunteered to work for nothing, transforming it into a lovely paradise of flowers, foliage and attractive views, some at our own expense. I also volunteered to help with social activities in the care home managed by the landlord. I gave a very nice quality dominoes set, 2 packs of cards and entertained some appreciative residents in games. My landlord surprised me a few days ago by asking if I wished to continue living in my flat, which I do. They responded by verbally asking for a tenancy renewal fee of £300 every 6 months for as long as I wish to live here. They claimed this was required by the letting agency, who have confirmed they no nothing of this and find the amount and frequency excessive. I said that the Government do not pay me enough benefits money to pay this recurring charge and that I could not afford it. I was instantly given verbal notice to quit in 2 months time. That night I researched tenancy renewal fees online and realised that my landlord has no right to claim substantial fees not itemised in our 1st contract, as per UK Government legislation released 6th March this year (I moved in 10th April, so I'm protected against unfair charges). Nor have I been offered a new contract with this fee included. I again spoke with my landlord and asked if they had made some mistake? They said the payment was required by the letting agent as part of a management contract with their head office, which they were unable to change or cancel. Both my local branch and their head office of the letting agency have confirmed to me, that they have no further interest in the property and no expectation of any more fees to be paid to them by myself, following successfully introducing me as a prospective tenant to the landlord. If they were to charge a renewal fee, it would be either £70 or £84 only on a 1yr renewable contract. I have since been given a seeking possession letter by my landlord. I feel that they are acting unreasonably and enforcing a 'gag' clause, which prohibits my asking advice about this from the letting agents (happy to help clarify this issue), local council, citizen's advice, age concern, tenancy solicitor etc and positively forbidden to speak of this to the other tenants, other than my sister, who was present at one informal meeting. Like me, she is very concerned that this charge could be applied to the other recent tenants, then long established tenants. Those who bought a lifetime lease 23 yrs ago when the property was built are presumably exempt but should not be complacent. My landlords are the Benedictine Sisters of Grace and Compassion, a small order offering sheltered housing and care home places in various places across the country. I have a very warm and friendly relationship with the 8 nuns in my local community and occasionally do free copy typing for 1 who is doing religious studies. I'm hurt that they should treat me like this and I believe they have been wrongly advised by someone at their head office, who should have checked their facts and government legislation before issuing a notice of possession. If forced to leave, I will be homeless and I'll incur tenancy checkout fees, lose my significant deposit, gain a bad tenant reference and have to pay removal and storage charges whilst being homeless and applying to my local council and housing associations for emergency housing. It will be probably be in an unattractive and noisy town area, where I will be afraid of renewed ASBO abuse and crime and I will have to have my beloved cat rehomed, as very few sheltered flats permit pets.