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  1. Thank you Mr Shed landlord also confirmed in email that This is what I wanted.
  2. Hello, I am about to sign a 12 month AST with something that the landlord calls a "rolling break clause" but to me seems like a break clause that will only allow me and co-tenant to break contract at 6 month or at 12 month and nothing in between. This is the wording in the contract I have asked landord to add the words "at any time" in both clauses before the words "but not earlier than six months etc" but she has refused saying that solicitor suggested this wording as correct (a rolling break clause, she calls it). I am clueless! All I want is to make sure I can break contract anytime after 6 months, given due notice. can you help??
  3. Hi, I have moved in a rented house recently and signed agreement / inventory etc all fine and well. Upon signing, the landlord and I agreed that, as soon as possible, I would find a house mate to share the house and rent and that landlord could have final say on who would move in with me. Now that I have found a tenant who's willing to move in, landlord is saying he can't unless he sees his references (fair enough) but landlord also says that "references might not be suitable" (although he has no idea of where the references are coming from or what they will say). Landlord insists that it is an insurance matter, but he hasn't told me what he will consider a suitable reference. I have been knowing the person who's moving in for a long time and he has excellent references (from uni and previous employer) and is financially ok. Yet, he is a Phd student, on a scholarship and not from the uk and has no references from previous landlords. My question is: what would an insurance / landlord consider a "suitable reference"? Is it about the referee? What can my friend do to maximise his hope of being accepted? Is there a discrimination issue going on here (non uk resident)? What does the law says in this case? thanks! e
  4. Thanks Wino, landlord should do it but what if he doesn't clean it *properly*? Basically I need to know what are the minimum standard of cleaning I can require and below which I can rightfully complain. thanks
  5. Hello, I'm about to sign an agreement for a property and move in in August. Have visited twice and am generally happy with the conditions of the property but at the moment the current tenants still there and the house seems really dirty. The landlord has told me that tenants will give it a "good scrub" but having met them, I'm not so sure they will do a decent job. What are my rights in terms of how clean the house is before I move in? I am particularly concerned about the condition of appliances in the kitchen (fridge and cooker) which looked in a poor state. Do I have the right to know if appliances were new at beginning of previous tenancy and ask for new ones? When does "dirty" become a concern for "proper working conditions" (although I don't think "proper working conditions" apply to electrical appliances). When is "dirty" just wear and tear? I just want to make sure that I don't have to use a greasy cooker or clean it myself. Same thing for bathroom and anything in the bathroom (toilet, sink and bath): they need much more than just a "good scrub". I'm just trying to figure out how to phrase this concerns to my future landlord without sounding like the tenant from hell. thanks! ely
  6. Don't tell me what I know already about ryanair! This time I tried the online checkin option. Today (good friday) I receive an email reminding me that I have to check in online, only to realise I'm now far away from a printer. I read the online check in conditions and read the following: "Any passenger failing to present their printed Check N'Go boarding pass at airport security and the departure gate will be charged a boarding card reissue fee currently at the rate of £2/€3 per person (or local currency equivalent). This is only available if airport check-in is still open." This is taken from the webpage that I received in the email as the starting point for my online check in so I assume it's a valid contract term. Ah! But no! I do my online check in and when I get to the boarding pass it says: If you fail to present this boarding pass at airport security and the departure gate you will be charged a boarding card re-issue fee of €20/£13.50. Check in desks close 40 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure time. Now what? Small claim? Send the two pages (I have saved them both as print screens from the web) to the press? File a complain to central office? Mind you, the 1£ per minute call centre obviously says the 13.50 fee is the right one.
  7. On second thoughts: 1. I know we shouldn't have entered without a written agreement, but the landlord should have not let us in as well. He has let us in without a gas certificate which I think is illegal, isn't it? 2. There was, before we entered, a VERBAL agreement that the rent would be xxxxpcm. No mention of deposit or service charges or other charges. Now the written agreement has rent (as agreed) plus deposit plus service charges plus a mysterious "contingency charge" which, he says, is needed in case of damages but he would have the deposit for this. I think the contingency charge is there just for him to round the total charges to the nearest 100. Can we consider service charges in the written agreement as an unreasonable (and therefore unforceable) rent increase after the verbal agreeement? thanks again for any advice. e
  8. Thanks for your reply, Rosysparkle. I think our landlord, a part from not knowing the law, is also lazy and doesn't want to have any problems or worries with his letting activity. However, I must admit that he has given us a chance to review and discuss the agreement. Put in front of the possibility of having to find new tenants by himself he might agree on some amendments to the agreement as it is now. Re the council tax: Can we get evicted if we tell the council he's not really a resident? If there were legal ways for him to be a resident AND for us to be registered at the council I would rather pursue such ways. But I am worried that this will make us lodgers with little security. Re service charges: do you mean that it is illegal to charge us with those? I guess that in that case he'll just increase the rent for the relevan amount. The flat is great and rent is cheap. I would really like to stay but not if this mean being a lodger. thanks again (especially for the hint on insurance)!
  9. Hi All, I'm so glad I found this forum because I was really running around in circles and I hope you can help. My partner and I, plus a friend, have moved a month or so ago in a flat inside a block. We moved in without an agreement because the landlord is a colleague of my partner's and there was a trust issue invovled. After a month and several problems (including having to spend 200£ to fix the heating system) we have now received a tenancy agreement which looks dodgy. I'll go step by step into what I believe are the key problems. 1. Type of agreement: the document doesn't say which type it is. Does this automatically make it an assured shorthold? 2. Council Tax: the landlord doesn't and has never lived in the flat but is registered with the borough for council tax. Apparently he wants to be formally registered as a resident so that he doesn't have to pay congestion charge (we are talking about london). I and my flatmates want to pay council tax under our own names and have been told that we are legally required to do so. What are our options? 3. Because of 2. landlord has only listed two instead of three tenants in the agreement. he said that with more than two tenants council tax would increase but officer at local council sais it wouldn't. 4. Insurance: he wants us to take insurance on fittings and fixtures: the flat is largely made of sliding glass doors which would be expensive to repair. We should pay if we damage by negligence but not otherwise, I believe. Any advice? 5. Other repairs: a part from the fact that the landlord hasn't provided any safety checks or certificates, the agreement says that maintenance of working systems and future checks on gas are on us. This is not what I understand the law says, is it? 6. Rent and service charge increase: too little details in the agreement of when and how this will happen. Just that it might happen! I think this is more or less it. I don't want to sign unless I know what I'm getting myself into. Any help much appreciated! El
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