Your lease is still valid even if the agency is no longer acting for him. I suggest you deal with him directly or his solicitors the identity of which you can probably get from the ex wife's solicitors. Depending on the terms of lease will depend on when you would have to leave. You are safe until the end of November. If the lease is silent about renewal and you don't get notice to quit the lease will run for the same period again automatically. In Scots law that is called tacit relocation. If the lease provides otherwise, for example for a month to month renewal then that will be the case, again until a notice to quit is served. Two months notice is typically needed. As regards ***** ***** rent, if there is an arrestment you cannot pay to the landlord whether it is the current lease or a new one. An arrestment arises from a duty to account to a party where a third party intervens so as to divert the funds in settlement of a debt. You would have to retain the funds arrested until the creditor directs payment in terms of the legislation. The arrestment schedule and accompanying paperwork will explain that procedure to you but you can no longer pay the landlord. A practical consequence of the landlord having a residence in the US and the withdrawal of his agent is that you may have difficulty in asserting your contractual rights to repairs, gas safety etc. Although you have a lease granting you those rights and he has an obligation to provide them, the issue is that you will have to consider whether you want to remain there, as it is likely that the lease will be unenforceable in practical terms. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
1. You can do repairs and deduct the cost from the rent. This should be agreed with the landlord if at all possible. 2. Your deposit should be in a tenancy deposit scheme so there should be no issue in getting this back at the end of your tenure. 3. The lease with a fake rental is not something that the ex wife's solicitor would fail to notice. This is a very risky strategy and unwise. It could hold you personally liable for the true sums due under the arrestment and you could end up paying the landlord once and his ex wife again. Not recommended.
Yes, that is correct, it is the duty to account at the date of the arrestment that quantifies the amount caught by the arrestment. If payment has already been made then the arrestment fails to catch anything.