Here is a question to the blog clinic from Nadine who is a tenant
Hi. I am caught up in an issue between an agency and the landlord. The landlord wants to cut out the agency and go private with myself.
The agency says I’m their client and its a no! He said he would get them to serve notice on me, but the landlord says that I do not have to move as he does not want me to and that he will do the final inspection, end the contract and we then go private.
He’ll then instruct the agency to end the contract and to return the deposit.
But the agency say that under contract they have to do the final inspection and that all of my belongings have to be out to end contract and to get the deposit.
My tenancy was to end on 19th July and I was served notice a week ago to vacate on that date which is only one month. Shelter said the notice is invalid as it does not state section 21 of two months.
I told the agency this but they said they are not responsible for the one months notice, the landlord is! The landlord keeps saying not to worry as he wants me to stay and not to move anything. So angry I’m going through this..please help
This is ridiculous! You are the landlords tenant not the agents! The agent is just someone who represents the landlord.
For example the agents have no power to evict you if the landlord wants you to stay. The only way you can be forced to leave is if court proceedings for possession are brought against you and only the landlord can do this.
If the landlord has told you he wants to manage the property himself then thats fine. Deal with the landlord. The agents will no longer have any authority to deal with you or the property.
If the agents are annoyed about this, they need to sort it out with the landlord not you.