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sorry to hear about that.
When they used your property for illegal purposes, that was fundamental breach of your agreement with the letting agent.
They have breached their agreement as they have failed to take due care and behaved in unprofessional manner.
You should report them to your local council.
you can also make a complaint to the professional regulatory body your agents are member of.
They should be reported to the office of fair trading and their license can be cancelled.
Once their agreement with you terminated by their conduct, that means they were not authorised to sign any new tenancy agreements regarding your property.
Sorry to say but your agents are themselves behaving like criminals here
Make a complaint to your local council, property ombudsman , professional regulatory body they are member of. and trading standards office. They should not be allowed to operate.
No, the new tenancy agreement is invalid, and you do not have to pay any fees to them
You further have protection under the consumer rights act,
A letting agent have breached the Consumer Rights Act if it acted without due care and skill
File for accelerated proceedings possession orders.
There is usually no court hearing in the accelerated proceedings.
You have to file following form for applying -
There is court fee of £355.
No, your previous tenants were involved in illegal activities and chances are this new one are involved as well.
it is a criminal matter rather than a civil one.
Yes, tenants can not be evicted within the first 6 months, however, when you got aware that your agent might be involved in illegal activities , you should have terminated the agreement with immediate effect.
Nevertheless, that was fundamental breach of their part, which terminated your agreement.
They should not have been signing any new tenancy agreements for your property.
new tenancy is not approved one.
Apply for possession orders
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