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James Mather
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My letting agency is demanding a tenancy renewal fee of £160

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My letting agency is demanding a tenancy renewal fee of £160 per person for a 6 month shorthold tenancy agreement. Is there any means of avoiding, or reducing these fees as they are required for each tenant in a 3 person household every 6 months?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
-Could you explain your situation a little more?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I moved in to a property in Hoxton, London, 2 weeks ago. I was previously in a guardian-ship property, therefore didn't have tenancy rights, and was given a 2 week eviction notice as the whole street had been sold. I needed a house fast, and knew of a co-worker who was looking to have a tenant move in to a spare room so that the rent was able to be paid in full each month. I accepted a £655 room per month. I had to pay a £160 admin fee to the agency, as well as a £50 fee to have a financial guarantor added to my file post-referencing with homelet. Now, having been given my contract for the house, 2 weeks after moving in. It states each tenant must pay £160 for a renewal of the contract every 6 months. Can the agency legally do this?

There are other fees they are trying to impose as well for an inventory of the contents, when the contract states nothing of a fee being owed unless we miss an appointment for this inventory.



Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

If you didn't get this before moving in and were not aware of it they cannot enforce it BUT they can get the landlord to give you notice to quit.

It then comes down between them and the LL

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