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Have you paid any rent?
If you have paid rent and moved in then you do have a tenancy.
Otherwise, if there is no tenancy the Landlord would not accept rent and you would not be living there.
Who is harassing you on the street?
That AST, no.
But you do have an agreement as you have paid rent.
Does that clarify?
Just a licence. So you can terminate with a months notice.
Yes she can try. Whether she would be successful is another matter.
She doesn't have a signed contract by her.
As such she cant claim the whole period.
Does that assist?
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Hello thanks for waiting. So given that you have paid rent and the deposit, you have a legally binding contract with the land lady, however, that does not mean that the agreement she has in hand is the one you are bound to. I highly doubt she will be able to get 12 months rent out of you. However, you should, under the tenancy laws, have given her one months notice to quit. So in reality you probably owe her £800 and not 12 months rent. The only way she could get 12 months would be if somehow she could show that you agreed to the contract which states that you are liable to pay the full 12 months but she would find this probably impossible to do, so I wouldn't worry about that aspect of it. What you should do is just email her telling he that you don't accept the 12 month and to be honest she would spend more money chasing you than she would win. The best thing to do is set up a line of communication, the reality is that you do have an agreement but she would only be able to claim for the statutory minimum as you have not signed any other documents. I hope this information helps.
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Well the reality is that she will probably keep the deposit to cover the rent owed and then that will be the end of it. However, worst case scenario would be that she makes a small claims action against you. Lets just say she won the 12 months (although I Cant see this being the case) then the court would order you to pay. However, you could make an application for time to pay and you would be able to make instalments. However the reality is that the contract came into force the day you started renting so it really doesn't matter if she signs some document now, the court wouldn't entertain this as evidence. I think what is likely to happen is that she will keep the deposit and that will be it. I wouldn't worry too much about her taking you to court over this and even if she did I don't think she would have a chance of winning 12 months rent. I hope this answered your questions. I would be grateful if you could rate me 5 stars above and you can still follow up with questions if needed.