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Bit of advice if possible?

 

We have rented our house since June 2005 from a private landlord.  The property was initially let by a local agent and we signed a tenancy agreement with them but they didn't 'manage' the property for the landlord.

 

After two years, the landlord decided he no longer wanted to use the letting agent and said to us that the tenancy would just be a rolling agreement based on the terms & conditions of the original contract.

 

We've had very few issues over the years - we are very good tenants  as my husband can basically fix anything and if anything has gone wrong, we've done the work ourselves and paid for it also.

 

The landlord over the past couple of years has turned up a few times saying that he is being advised by his accountant that the property we rent is undervalued.  We counter-argued that we have a boiler that is over 20 years old and no double glazing.  He said that if he did those things for us then he would be charging us a significantly higher rent and so we kind of came to a stalemate where it was agreed that we would increase the rent by £50 per month/£600 per year - each year and he wouldn't do any work on the house.

 

He arrived again at the weekend and said that he had been told by the letting agents that, due to new regulations coming into force this year, we now have to have a tenancy agreement and he was arranging this through them for a contract to be signed.  The letting agent rang to ask us for photographic proof of id and to come in to sign the contract.  We asked what these regulations were and they didn't know and said that it was the landlord that had asked for the tenancy agreement, nothing to do with them.

 

We're now worried why he is doing this as from what I've read, if he wanted us to move out, he doesn't have to have a tenancy agreement in place to serve a section 21 notice.

 

Sleepless nights... begin :(

 

P.S. Just wanted to add, we've never missed a rental payment in all these years.

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you have a tenancy agreement and dont have to sign a new one iof you dont want to. You have a periodic tenancy and the LL will have to give you 2 months notice. As for paying an extra £50pm, that seems rather a lot compared to inflation so what is your current rent and what is the approximate value of the property?

Is your initial deposit protected, do you have an annual gas safety inspection?

Currently your LL doesnt know what he is supposed to do so make sure that you know what your rights and responsibilities are so when he has his next bright idea you can make him think again if you dont like it

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