Delaying Tenancy Agreement
Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:20 PM
The other thing that annoys me is that we havent even been able to see anything other than a generic draft tenancy agreement yet even though I requested to see it. references were a pain as i offered to pay 6 months up front anyway.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:34 AM
What I do now is that when I am asked for a holding deposit is that I write a receipt that means confirmation and a contract must be given within x amount of days.
In the past I've been kept waiting like this and a couple of times I've been told that the LL has changed their mind and the flat isn't available to me. I'm assuming you are working through an agent? There is no proof maybe that they are acting for the LL still or that they aren't waiting for someone else to pay a higher rent on the property. Both of these have happened to me.
The agent doesn't need to take weeks sorting out references but they are under no obligation to move more quickly as they do not act for you, I've found few agents who can actually be bothered to check my references and most use a credit check that just takes days at the most.
The agent acts for the LL and even after viewng a flat anf paying a deposit I've then I've discovered at the last minute that the LL has fired them.
There are several ways you can deal with this but you may need to keep looking for a plan B in case this one falls through. A letter to the agent to say that you expect an agreement signed with xx days or your money back can result in them just deciding to find someone else more controlable. Contacting the LL direct can work sometimes. If the flat is empty they won't like losing 2 weeks rent.
All a huge gamble and extra stress. It's bad enough moving home without all of this.
Edited by Flopsy, 22 March 2012 - 03:37 AM.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:31 AM
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