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Pearl, We made an offer to rent a flat and we've since

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Hi there Pearl, We made an offer to rent a flat and we've since learnt that the person who was advertising the flat did not own it.
JA: Where are you? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: London
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: None. they apparently are in the process of taking ownership and are trying to delay our move in date
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Are there any fees involved in this chat process?


I am a solicitor.

What do you wish to ask please?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Hi there, we were advertised a flat that wasn't owned by the person who was advertising it. They are only now in the process of taking ownership and it looks like they want to push out our move in date (15 sep).

Did you exchange contracts with this person?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
in other words they want to finish the ownership process before we move in...but we literally have nowhere to go if they do that.

Have you exchanged contracts?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
we did...not the full lease but the agreement in writing that we'd move in on the 15
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
we've made a holding deposit
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
it's also being done through a letting agent. I just want to make sure that if we do need to pay for storage/hotels that the cost does not fall onto us

In that case, you may sue this person for damages for being in breach of contract. You may claim damages e.g. you having to put your belongings in storage and paying for a hotel and so on.

May I help further?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Thank you
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
is it the landlord or the letting agent that is at fault?

You are welcome.

The landlord is ultimately liable.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Could I simply say that we'll pay for storage/hotels now and they can cover the costs as they've breached contract?

Yes, you may. If they refuse, you would need to sue them in court.

All the best

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Thanks so much for your help. have a good evening

You are most welcome.

All the best

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