Here's a happier tale.
Landlord didn't as expected extend our tenancy for another year and for various personal reasons we felt we needed a little longer to find somewhere to live. Practically begged for a rolling extension of a month or two but landlord refused, also citing personal reasons.
We have been looking for somewhere to rent or even buy despite the other stresses we are under. Have made some progress and do actually hope to be out by the date required by the landlord.
However it turns out that a section 21 notice was never issued, neither at the beginning of the latest tenancy renewal (the start point of this thread) nor when we were informed of the non-renewal of the tenancy.
Landlord is now aware of this but there is nothing
* they can do apart from issue a section 21 at the next rental date, hope that we can move out in time, and that they won't have to wait an additional month to take possession. We have stated our hope that this will be the case, but the ball is firmly in our court for now.
No real story here but a message that the law is very clear on this and if landlords or their agents fail to follow protocol they lose control,if only temporarily, to the tenant. After everything that has been going on recently with myself and my partner it is very comforting to finally be in the driving seat of our destiny rather than passengers strapped loosely on to the roof-rack
Edit: * There may other legal routes open to them but these would still leave us with a full 2 months notice from the time they initiate these, and in fact such a notice period will also need to end on a rent date, with the same net effect as a section 21 issued next month.
Edited by salamander, 19 June 2012 - 03:46 PM.
Formerly known as narrowescape, having just avoided being caught up in the madness of 2007. Now a happy homeowner, courtesy of gold appreciation since then. Still expecting an HPC but perhaps not so much for houses in Greater London, where I live and work.