thanks in advance for any advice.
In short my (until now) peaceful existence in my rental flat has been shattered...
I have moved into mycurrent property in August, on AST 12 months contract with 6 month break clauseand 2 months notice.
The property is managed by LA on LL behalf.
Couple of weeks back a letter comes through a letterbox from LA, saying that with immediate effect they are to stop managing the flat (reason is not important, although I would love to know why?). They gave details for new agent and LL have written personally as well.
My deposit has been transferred to the new agent (previous LA was in insurance deposit scheme).
Now after a month it`s still not protected. LA and I came to a standstill as he wants me to sign new AST, due to change of agent details, before releasing my depoit to one of the schemes. I have mentioned that I don`t wish to sign new AST as I might not want to live there for that long.
I don`t think he is being malicious or rude but perhaps doesn`t know much about tenants law etc...
My questions are:
1:) it`s my understanding that my contract is with LL not letting agent and since 12 months has not passed my original contract is still valid? LA has put a special condition that I only need to give 2 months notice at any time intothe new contract
2:) New contract says that property is unfurnished, while property came fully furnished. The original agent has had an inventory done around 2 months before I moved in by professional firm. This list was not provided to me at all, until I asked for it 2 months after I moved in. I have returned this with my comments but not my signature and there were no comments from the agent. I however have set of photographs clearly dated and sent to myself on the date I moved in by recorded delivery (unopened).
If I leave and we will be in the common situation of LL - tenant dispute, will LA have any legal standing for deposit reduction?
Anything I may have missed or not thought about?