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I have been a tenant in the property for the last 4 years. We usually have 6 months contracts. the last contract finished at the end of January and we supposed to received one which we haven't. If we received one we would have informed our agency that we were not extend it after July 2015 as each of the circumstances have changed. There are 4 tenants in our house. 2 of us are moving out of UK and one out of London. The forth went travelling in March and that is were all the troubles started. We knew he was going to travel and were going to rent his room for few months to cover the rent. March was his last month and he was acting weirdly so we called the agency to check whether he did not plan to run away. After they realised he did not pay his rent for March decided to give us all notice from the property to move out in 3 weeks. We fought our way back and they gave us 2 months (they are counting time from the date on the letter) we received the letter on the 30th of March so we have to move out by 30 of May. The forth tenant who did not pay his rent for March received his deposit back and it was used to cover for his room. So they basically already gave him the deposit and we did not know they had that agreement. However all the letters they sent us with the notice are still addressed to that forth tenant. They send us cheques for our part of the deposits but at that time the notice they have written was not legally valid and we did not accept it. They did not secure our deposits with the Government scheme. We want to negotiate to stay in the property to the end of our contract that we should have received which is end of July 2015 as there is no point to go and look for another room just for few months. We did not get the agreement to rent this empty forth room out but we dont want to pay for it. The agency is not working great, they did not do any inventory since I moved in there which is 4 years, they do not reply to the emails for months, even now we tried to set up the appointment and it took us 5 attempts including personal visit to do that and at the end we had to scare them to complain to the property ombudsmen only to be able to get an appointment with them. My question is: can they make us responsible for paying for the empty room if we stay till the end of July?
It is probably at 1st of each month.
i just checked the contract it is the first day of each month.
so if we pay for May it should be on their account on the 1st of May
it is 30th of March. and they are asking us to be out by 30th of May
We have a joint contract signed by 4 of us. We pay rent separately directly to their account.
How about the empty room. We keep paying our rent as we used to directly to their account however the person who left that room and to whom they gave already deposit back is away. No one lives in that room. we have joint contract signed by 4 people that expired on 31 of January 2015 (6 months).
Can they ask us to pay for that empty room?
forgotten to say thank you
also the notice was delivered to the door by hand that same day so we received it exactly on 30th of May - does that influence your answer
even if we have a joint contract, right?
there is a note on the deposit scheme that the agency can ask us to leave if they pay us back the whole deposit. if they send us the cheques which we did not cash as we did not agree with their 3 weeks notice in March can they ask us to leave ?
I asked my house mate about the delivery of their last notice. The letter was delivered by someone from the agency - states delivered by hand on the envelop. It was delivered on 30th of March after 4pm. She works till 4pm and gets home usually around 5pm and letters were put through the letter box when she was at home, so they were definitely delivered after 4pm.
Is there any way we can ask them to show us what time they delivered the letters?
Thank you so much it is just so hard to understand well the procedures. So if it is valid from the next working day 31st of March what is the date to count from the 2 months notice?
of course will rate right now, but that will end my conversation right?