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  1. Hi i was wondering if someone could help me also. I moved into my flat in May 2008 with my boyfriend and paid a months rent in advance and a months rent as a bond. When the tenancy was up for renewal in May 2009 my boyfriend and I decided that we would try to find somewhere a bit smaller and cheaper as we were having some money problems. When i rang my landlord to tell him that i intended to give notice he said that he didnt want us to leave as we were good tenants. I asked him about my bond, and weather it had been put in a deposit scheme and he said no but he could put it in one if i wanted. I thought that it was law that the landlord had to put my deposit in a scheme, but i wasnt sure? Anyway, we came to an agreement that we would stay in the flat at a reduced rent while it was on the market and he gave us the difference from our bond back aswell, but kept the equivilent to a months rent, again i asked him if it was going to be put into a scheme and he said that he could do so if i wanted. The landlord sent us a new agreement to sign which we did, and also with the agreement was a typed "Special Conditions" which stated that we had to allow viewings of the flat and give 2 months notice if we wanted to leave and that he would do the same if the flat sold, well we signed these and sent them back but he never returned his parts signed, so now we have given our word that we will give him 2 months notice but we have nothing from him saying so, we dont even have a valid tenancy agreement signed by him. Over the past few months while the flat has been on the market, I have allowed viewings of the property, letting people come after i finish work or at weekends, at the begginging of this week I gave the landlord 2 months notice as my boyfirend and i have broken up and i can no longer afford the flat on my own, I have heard nothing from him regarding the letter which I have sent until the estate agents called me this morning and said that at the landlords request I was to have the estate agents a key to the flat cut and allow them to conduct viewings while i am work. I am not very happy about this, as a i dont really want people in and out of the flat while i am not there, but im not sure where i stand. Is this normal for estate agents to have a key to a property while there are still tenants in the property? and what is the position regarding the bond? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Hi i was wondering if someone could help me also. I moved into my flat in May 2008 with my boyfriend and paid a months rent in advance and a months rent as a bond. When the tenancy was up for renewal in May 2009 my boyfriend and I decided that we would try to find somewhere a bit smaller and cheaper as we were having some money problems. When i rang my landlord to tell him that i intended to give notice he said that he didnt want us to leave as we were good tenants. I asked him about my bond, and weather it had been put in a deposit scheme and he said no but he could put it in one if i wanted. I thought that it was law that the landlord had to put my deposit in a scheme, but i wasnt sure? Anyway, we came to an agreement that we would stay in the flat at a reduced rent while it was on the market and he gave us the difference from our bond back aswell, but kept the equivilent to a months rent, again i asked him if it was going to be put into a scheme and he said that he could do so if i wanted. The landlord sent us a new agreement to sign which we did, and also with the agreement was a typed "Special Conditions" which stated that we had to allow viewings of the flat and give 2 months notice if we wanted to leave and that he would do the same if the flat sold, well we signed these and sent them back but he never returned his parts signed, so now we have given our word that we will give him 2 months notice but we have nothing from him saying so, we dont even have a valid tenancy agreement signed by him. Over the past few months while the flat has been on the market, I have allowed viewings of the property, letting people come after i finish work or at weekends, at the begginging of this week I gave the landlord 2 months notice as my boyfirend and i have broken up and i can no longer afford the flat on my own, I have heard nothing from him regarding the letter which I have sent until the estate agents called me this morning and said that at the landlords request I was to have the estate agents a key to the flat cut and allow them to conduct viewings while i am work. I am not very happy about this, as a i dont really want people in and out of the flat while i am not there, but im not sure where i stand. Is this normal for estate agents to have a key to a property while there are still tenants in the property? and what is the position regarding the bond? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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