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Martin, for now please let me know whether you signed any renewal documents at all, or whether this was all verbal?
I see you are in chat Marian - are you able to type?
I assume you currently have an assured shorthold tenancy?
I am in an assured shorthold tenancy. I have had to agree to the 6 months extension and I have paid the six months' rent in total and signed the new agreement. I don't have any choice at present. I have one question to ask. Are you operating from the United States, and if so is it English law that applies?
Its a USA site but I am based in the UK
Has the Landlord signed the renewal too do you know?
I haven't received the renewal yet, although I have signed it. I am meeting with the management company on Wednesday morning to discuss.
Sorry I keep disappearing. I am a pensioner and am busy at present with household things!! and am away from my laptop.
Your options are limited. Offers for tenancies as well as properties are always subject to contract. This means until the piece of paper has been signed by both parties then either one can pull out at any time
It is the same if you put an offer in on a house and it is accepted, until contracts are exchanged either side can pull out
Sadly it is the same with a tenancy agreement. Unless both the landlord and tenant have signed, it is not binding
I realise this is an unfair position to be in and morally they are duty bound, but in law sadly until the tenant and Landlord have both signed, either party can change their mind.
But morally they do have a duty to extend, so you should press this point
I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
This I understand, but my main question is "is a verbal offer legally binding", ie the offer I received in November for a 12 month extension? I really want to stay here as I like the property very much. I have also spent a lot of money here and made it my home. You may say I am very foolish to do this, but this is the first time I have had to rent, as I have previously owned my property. I consider this to be my home now, rightly or wrongly. I moved to my present place for a reason and this whole business has put me under considerable stress. I know that emotions shouldn't come in to it, but I can't help it, and I also understand that I really don't have any rights as a tenant at all. I have to say that the management company is to blame, in my opinion, for the situation I find myself in now, and this is the reason for the meeting on Wednesday.
Usually a verbal offer can be binding.
However in terms of property it is always subject to contract
Your rights an assured shorthold tenant are sadly very limited. You are only entitled to a 6 month minimum tenancy and it can be ended when it rolls over with 2 months notice.
Sadly if you wanted protection a longer tenancy should have been sought.
But unless a property contract is signed by both parties, it is not binding up until that point
I am sorry
Sorry, I don't quite understand your last sentence. Originally, in January 2014, I requested a 2 year tenancy, but this was rejected for the reason I have stated, so I assume that I really don't have a case for renewal for a further 12 months and should start looking for somewhere else. Unfortunately, for me, this means a total of four moves in two years. At my age, 74 in April, I really can't face going through this all over again as I feel settled here. Hey ho! Thanks for your help.
Unless the contract has been signed by the landlord and you - either party can change the terms or withdraw at any time\
That is what I am saying
I'm sorry, did you received my last chat?
There is nothing to suggest they want you to leave any time soon
But perhaps you could get their intentions for you when you meet later on
Does that clairfy?
Yes, that is clarified. Thank you. Bye