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Hello We have signed a lease agreement for 3 years with a limited company who act as managing agents. They in turn have contacted a local council to let the property. The tenant has supplied me with a sub licence agreement which she signed between herself and the council. The managing agent has been dishonest about repairs done to property and would not give us any information when repairs were supposed to be done. We did not receive rent from them for some months. We have informed the council that we no longer wish to use this managing agent. Council have asked for a Deed of Solemnity to cancel lease. How do we get this done and does this mean that we can terminate the lease with managing without going to court. The managing agent is in breach of contract by not communicating with us and not giving us the rent we were entitled to. Thank you Denise XXXXXXX
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Is there a termination clause in the lease please?
We have signed for 3 years. it says that the peroperty can be handed back if rent is not paid for 3 months but they have claimed there has been repairs which they did not tell us about upfront.
In 6 months we received £650 instead of £3900.
Is there a clause in the agreement that allows for setoff for the repairs?
Yes they could do repairs but they were supposed to tell us if the repairs
costed a large amount.
Yes but is there a clause that allows them to set off rent?
Please tell me what is deed of solemnity is?
It means you will only deal with them, ie cut out the agents.
You can either get a Solicitor to draft this or they can draft this for you.
But given that the rent has been deducted this could be grounds to terminate the contract.
If they did not inform you and set off amounts and did not seek authorisation you could consider this to be a substantial breach of contract.
You would in those circumstances be entitled to terminate the agreement and dispense with their services.
But you must be satisfied that the breach is significant.
So we do not need to go to court?
If it is a small breach you can't terminate the contract, only if it is substantial you can terminate.
No, you do not need to go to Court to end the contract
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Who decides whether the contract is terminated or not.
You would do and then if they contested, they could possibly take you to Court for damages. Then a Judge would decide whether the breach was significant.
How much would you charge to do Deed of Solemnity?
Sadly I can not do work for you as it is against site rules.
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