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  1. Hi Guys, I won't count my bond until it's in my hand, but the checkout went really well this morning. I'm glad I'd made loads of comments on the original inventory so they couldn't quibble as many things hadn't been repaired during the tenancy for example the ceiling was falling down in the kitchen & remained in that state for the duration of the tenancy. Apparently, landlords are expected to decorate about every 3 years so this house hadn't been touched for a lot longer than that. The LA said she had no issues with the condition & that we'd done an exemplary job of cleaning up. She said if the landlord disputed anything we should definately go to the TDS. Apparently, our deposit did get put there during one of the contract renewals. Anyhow, they've got issues to sort amongst themselves, seems the landlord has been telling lies about why he wants property back. He's told them he's moving back in, but he's actually sneaking in new tenants whilst under contract to the LA!
  2. Thanks for the info Seasider, I'll make sure I don't sign anything I disagree with. This is easily the shabbiest house I've ever rented & the LL was not keen to carry out repairs. He left the bathroom radiator non functional, wouldn't repair the bathroom window that we couldn't shut & when we got locked inside the bathroom because the door was faulty he just pulled the catch out & filled the hole with polyfiller. The handles weren't screwed into anything because it was an eggbox door so they kept falling off! The neighbour said they've never varnished any of the wooden windows even during the 10 years they lived in the property before they let it out. There is about 2ft deep mud on the floor of the garage because rain just runs down the roof & into the back of the garage. I think he is planning on selling the property I can't wait to see what he prices it at!
  3. I made a 25 minute home movie of the condition of the property when we moved out! I wish I'd done one when we moved in, but we didn't have a camera then. I have the original inventory to which I made many amendments at the time. The letting agents can't have done it just before we moved in as they had all the rooms listed as painted in different colours to what they were! To be fair they did describe a lot of the paintwork & carpets as in poor condition. I hope my deposit is with the TDS as these are the agents that kept insisting we sign new ASTs every 6 months, so all the recent contracts have the page about where the deposit is lodged.
  4. Hi Guys, Finally handed the keys back yesterday to the house we've lived in for the past 4 years. I'm meeting the letting agent for the check-out tomorrow. We've scrubbed every inch of the place clean, washed the carpets, tidied the garden, replaced the broken greenhouse glass, removed the satellite dish, washed the curtains, windows, glued the wallpaper back onto the walls and touched up any paintwork. Property has been let for approximately 8 years. The carpets are between 10 & 20 years old. Other than the previous tenants painting the walls the place hasn't been decorated for about 15 years. Bathroom & kitchen about 18 years old. None of the wooden window frames have been cared for so have completely rotted away to the extent that when it rains the plaster inside the bedroom becomes wet, hence the wallpaper peeled from the wall. As I understand it a landlord is not allowed to use your deposit to better the property, so he could only replace the carpets with old carpets. If they do deem that something needs replacing or repairing am I correct in saying that I'm entitled to see the receipt for the work if money is to be deducted from my deposit? What is considered fair wear & tear over 4 years? To my knowledge the only visible deterioration we've caused is a few extra marks on the lounge carpet (which was already heavily soiled on our arrival) , I scorched a ring into the worktop in the kitchen (the date on the kitchen cupboards is 1991) and some mildew stains around the windows. The bathroom window frame was heavily stained with mildew on our arrival, there is no extractor fan, the radiator never worked in the bathroom & the door didn't close. Add that to all the double glazing at the front of the house having horrendous secondary condensation between the panes & none of the windows having tricle vents, it was pretty difficult to prevent mildew. Do you think these are reasonable wear & tear? Do the TDS take into account the condition of the property & lenght of tenacny when making decisions re deposits? I just want to be armed with my rights tomorrow so the LA knows I won't be a push over! Thanks
  5. We were with agents that did exactly the same thing, although they were more organised & sent out renewal notices 2 months in advance. We paid no end of renewal fees & the landlord was locked into some Foxton type contract as he paid them £120 each time we renewed!. A complete con, only way we got a periodic was to give notice to leave, & they still charged a renewal fee for that! It seems a problem with properties that are fully managed by LA & I think it is tied into some HomeLet insurance they sell the landlord to cover void periods. I think the cover is only valid if there is a fixed term contract in place. I think the LA should have to be upfront about these fees when you initially apply to rent a property. As you get a completely different experience according to whether they fully manage or just get tenants in. Sorry I can't offer any constructive advice other than to strongly resist signing a new agreement. Good luck!
  6. Hi Letting lady, What does the curent letting agents reference entail? Is it just whether we pay our rent and have we trashed the place? They led my OH to believe that they had to divulge Experian data, details about whether we are up to date with our utility bills and that this entailed a considerable amount of paperwork. I object to this as Homelet must already be performing a credit search & any Experian data our current agents hold is 5 years old! I would be better placed to prove whether I have paid my utility bills and your right I could have provided bank statements. I think thats what we did when we moved to the property we were in before, they didn't use Homelet. I've emailed the letting agents requesting a proper invoice for the fee as I find it very unprofessional that Homlet expect you to make payment without a bill. My other point is that the referencing fees at the new agents were very reasonable, do you think this previous letting agent fee is usually met from the fees you pay to the new agent?
  7. OH called the letting agents & the £17.25 is to cover the vast amount of searches they have to perform to provide Homelet with the Equifax search they performed on us 4 years ago, and to tell them that we pay our bills (they have no way of knowing) and pay our rent on time. We just had an awful thought that they are expecting both of us to pay the £17.25 as Homelet have left emails & phone calls to both of us. I don't see any way of getting a reference without paying, but since only one of us has paid the rent I definately won't be paying twice! Your right I should write a letter to trading standards, the £60 fee for allowing an AST to lapse to a periodic was a particular gem! I guess the problem with this particularly large letting agent in Leeds is that they only do lettings. All the normal estate agents we've viewed properties with were dumbfounded about the renewal fees.
  8. Is this standard practice? We were served notice to leave our current property & have found a new one with a different letting agent. Our current ones absolutely bled us dry with £60 renewal fees every 6 months (kept spinning the yarn the landlord didn't want to agree to a 12 month renewal). They even charged a renewal fee for writing a page that said the tenancy had become periodic! Now we are finally leaving them they won't provide references until we cough up £17.25. Me thinks we are gonna have a battle on our hands getting our deposit back!
  9. Try & find out what the rateable value of any prospective property is or if it has a water meter. We moved from a 2 bed back to back to a 3 bed semi & our water rates TREBLED. They are based on what the house was valued at in 1991 a bit like council tax. If you move into a house in multiple occupancy (like when your at uni & each door has a lock) the landlord has to pay the council tax.
  10. Just had a blazing row with the LA about this contract problem. Called to say we'd agreed periodic with LL yet they send an AST. I said I would sign the AST (even though not what I agreed) when I received a letter from them confirming that the contract could be extended to 8 months with no renewal fee for the additional 2 months. She said no, I can't agree anything without speaking to landlord. Having said I know the landlord is 100% in agreement with me, that I will just not sign the AST & we are on a periodic I will serve them 2 months notice. She said "I don't care, you do that". She managed to get to the LL before me & came back & said he is selling in 6-8 months so will serve you notice in 4-6 months. If you want to stay for 8 months it will have to be negotiated & you will be charged again nearer the time. I spoke to the LL because I told her I didn't believe her & he said he had said yes I am happy for them to stay for 6-8 months. After a lengthy chat with him I said please go back & say they want something in writing that I have agreed to 8 months. If we don't receive anything we will assume we are on a periodic which will continue until him or I serve notice. I also warned him that if we don't resolve this now he will be getting another £100 charge for a 2 months renewal. As much as the charges annoy me I don't object to £60 over 12 months but £60 for 6 and 2 months is taking the mick! I wish we could have had a conference call with all 3 of us at the same time, as the LA twist what is said to suit themselves, they do not have either LL or tenants best interests at heart.
  11. Hi Guys, Spoke to the LL last night who was singing from the same hymn sheet as me. He'd told the LA that we'd agreed to have a flexible agreement of 6-8 months with the potential for either to give 2 months notice. He said the LA said OK, we'll just send them the normal contract. He doesn't seem to understand the difference between letting the contract roll onto a periodic or starting a new AST. They appear to be taking advantage of his lack of understanding & have charged him a hefty renewal fee & intend to do the same to us. Should I be bold as brass & send the contract back & say we've lapsed onto a periodic & won't be paying their admin fee? The other query is that by starting a new AST our deposit goes into the TDS & should be a bit safer. If we are a pain and insist on a periodic they hold the upper hand over return of deposit as we would have to go to small claims over its return. Also, when considering deductions do they have to consider the length of the tenancy agreement, as obviously carpets etc are more worn after 2.5 years tenancy compared to 6 months. Also, I tried to log on to Landlord zone, but it never sends you an email with your details.
  12. The rent has remained the same so at least they got that part right. The whole reason we went straight to the LL was that we told the LA we'd extend on the basis of no rent increase. The LA told me they couldn't confirm until nearer the renewal & if they did put it up we would have to pay the increase & if our nose was really out of joint we'd have to give them 2 months notice we were leaving! Suspecting they we're going to send out a contract with an increase leaving us no time to move I called the LL. He was helpful turns out he did want to put rent up, because on top of £60 they charge tenants they charge him £100 for the renewal! Anyway he was a fair chap & we said you can either leave the house empty for months while you try to sell or you rent it to us for the same amount (he'd already told me they wouldn't consider getting new tenants). I'm gonna try to post on Landlord Zone, when it accepts me so I'm 100% where I stand. Only thing you worry about is the LA being crappy about your deposit if you cause them strife.
  13. The rent has remained the same so at least they got that part right. The whole reason we went straight to the LL was that we told the LA we'd extend on the basis of no rent increase. The LA told me they couldn't confirm until nearer the renewal & if they did put it up we would have to pay the increase & if our nose was really out of joint we'd have to give them 2 months notice we were leaving! Suspecting they we're going to send out a contract with an increase leaving us no time to move I called the LL. He was helpful turns out he did want to put rent up, because on top of £60 they charge tenants they charge him £100 for the renewal! Anyway he was a fair chap & we said you can either leave the house empty for months while you try to sell or you rent it to us for the same amount (he'd already told me they wouldn't consider getting new tenants). I'm gonna try to post on Landlord Zone, when it accepts me so I'm 100% where I stand. Only thing you worry about is the LA being crappy about your deposit if you cause them strife.
  14. Hi Guys, I popped a not her a while back about LA wanting to give us zero notice of a rent increase & not allow us to move. Anyhow, spoke to LL who agreed we could go onto a periodic tenancy for 6-8 months, with either side to give 2 months notice if we wanted to leave. It gives us the flexi of not having to stay the full term & we agreed he could set wheels in motion for selling (It ain't going anywhere in a hurry as not had a penny spent on it for about 15 years). Tenancy agreement has arrived for an AST, have to pay £60 fee & when we challenged the LA that this was not what was agreed they said tough, because the old agreement has lapsed (they sent the new contract after our renewal date, even though all was agreed over 6 weeks ago) that we have to sign it & they won't do periodic. When challenged that it was there fault for dispatching the docs late, they said it wasn't there fault it was the landlord so they're not to blame. They agreed that should we want to extend the tenancy beyond 6 mths they wouldn't charge another fee. Should I insist we get this in writing or should I kick up a stink about the contract not being what was agreed? Where do I stand with my rights? Are they speaking twaddle that we are stuck in this contract because they sent the paperwork late? Sorry it's a long one!
  15. Just to update you guys. Hacked off by the unhelpful LA telling me that they wouldn't notify me of a rent increase until it was too late for me to move out, I got the LL number form the neighbour. Had a good chat as I know he wants to sell soon & explained that we'd prefer a periodic tenancy. He did want a nominal increase in rent & so we both thought on it over the weekend. Anyhow, having checked that we could rent an immaculate 2 bed flat for less than we pay now, we stuck tight & said we weren't prepared to pay more. LL agreed to leave rent as it is (turns out LA not only charge us £60 to renew, but charge him £100 too, so he was just trying to cover his fees)! Also, he is happy for us to have a periodic tenancy as it suits him to be a bit more flexible with him wanting to sell. Call me cynical, but the LL had already spoken to LA, so they will have known about the rent increase & were trying to keep it from us as long as possible, thinking that if they made us stay an extra 2 months at increased rent then we'd just shut up and stay the full 6 months at increased rent. I wait in anticipation of the new contract.
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