Ask an Property Solicitor. Get an Answer ASAP.
Hello and thank you for your question. I will be very pleased to assist you. I'm a practising lawyer in England with over 15 years experience.
May I clarify if you have actually moved in to the property at this point?
thank you. There are a number of issues here:
On the basis that the landlord was dissolved the same day the contract was entered into, the simplest approach is likely to be simply stating that the contract is null and void on the basis that it was entered into with a dissolved company under the authority of the above court decision.
Does the above answer all your questions? If it does, I should be very grateful if you would kindly take a moment to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen before you leave JA today. Your feedback is important to me. If there is anything else I can help with please reply back to me though
If the contract was entered into on the same day of dissolution then it would be null and void under the above decision. Yes - agent must provide you with full name and address of landlord by under s48 Landlord and Tenant Act. No rent can be demanded under a tenancy until they do. You can also easily find out yourself for £3 by obtaining the title register from the Land Registry here:
Does the above answer all your questions or is there anything I can clarify or help you with any further?
I'm glad it was of some assistance. If you have no further questions for now I should be very grateful if you would kindly take a moment to click a rating to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen before you leave JA today. I am very grateful to receive any feedback. the question will save to your account and you are welcome to return at any time if you have any follow-up questions. There is no further charge for follow up questions.
It will be the leasehold. From what you say the landlord is not the owner - it is possible the owner (Robert Swailes) uses a limited company to rent the property. Robin Swailes is a joint shareholder in the company so it suggests this is the correct company and accordingly it would seem in order for you to declare that the contract is null and void as above.
Has the above answered your questions satisfactorily?
I think email rather than verbal would be better as it puts it on record and in writing. Verbal conversations with agents are open to dispute as to who said what and when. I would simply quote the above as per paragraph 1 above and state that you consider your obligations under the contract are at an end.
You we have a basis to us for the return of your holding deposit on the basis that the contract has not been satisified - the agents were not capable of renting the property to you as the landlord has been dissolved. If you have any difficulties with the agent, you can raise a complaint to them and if necessary escalate up to the Property Ombudsman (the must be a member of one of the following by law). It is a free service.
A pleasure - I hope you are able to resolve the matter swiftly