thank you and thank you for your understanding above. This is fundamentally a question of interpretation. As above, usually when you enter into a lease, there is other documentation apart from just the lease, for example, there may be heads of terms particularly if there was an agent involved, correspondence between the landlord and prospective tenant or their solicitors if they have retained solicitors and so on. From what you say, none of that documentation exists here and I do not suggest you are wrong in this. I would simply add the caveat to what follows that to the extent there may be in such documentation however informal, that documentation would feed in to any interpretation of the contract (lease) and you would need to satisfy yourself as regards ***** ***** existence of any such correspondence however informal it may be. what may also be important is what a realistic market rent for the unit may be. There is not a huge difference between the two rent figures and therefore it is unlikely to be possible to say that one figure is clearly wrong (such as might be the case for example if the figures were £195 and £1950) but this would also be a factor that would need to be borne in mind. also the fact that you have actually paid the higher figure would also need to be explained as this is evidence that you accepted the rent was the higher figure.
Notwithstanding the above, where there is a rule in respect of interpretation where an element of an agreement is not clear known as the contra preferentum rule. This rule simply put is that where there is a doubt as regards ***** ***** the benefit of a doubt will be given to the individual who did not draft the contract or in this case lease. Accordingly, in the assumption that the landlord drafted the lease, then to the extent there is a doubt in relation to interpretation of the agreement, the benefit of that doubt would be given to you under the above rule.
if the lease is off significant enough length to make the dispute worthwhile to potentially contemplate court, in the event you and the landlord are unable to agree, and you can make the case that you genuinely believed that the rent was the lower figure and you can explain why you have paid a higher figure, for example, the landlord demanded this despite your protestations that you understood the rent was the lower figure, then you can if you wish apply to court for directions in respect of the lease and an order as regards ***** ***** the rent that is due:
the court will attempt to interpret what it believes the parties understood they were agreeing to by applying the above rules