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Issue with break clause

I am renewing a tenancy that was initially 12 months with a 6 months break clause. I have now been asked to sign a contract with a 6 months break clause that will start again, but I have rented in other countries (Ireland) and a contract keeps rolling, why should it start again? I have tried to negotiate it and requested to have a 4 months break clause and it was accepted in the pre-contract that was sent to me. However, the renewal contract does have again a 6 months break clause and I am not happy with that. I have sent the request to amend the contract but I have no response. What can I do to defend my position? The current contract expires this Saturday and we are going on since 2 months to try negotiate this thing. I already paid 120£ for contract renewal (this should be illegal, other countries are not charging for that) but still have no contract. Should I pay the rent or is the agency's fault that did not give me a contract in time, therefore I should not pay before I sign the contract?

Asked on Jun 21 2018, Renting in London | Report content

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  • Hello Peter, Sorry if you're seeing this too late. At the point of renewal, unfortunately, the landlord is within his/her rights to issue another contract with the 6-month break clause (and not shorten it to 4). It is unfair, I agree - but do you really think you'll be leaving after 4 months? If you decide not to go ahead and sign, you should claim your renewal fee back... and you will be well within your rights to do so - unless there is a cheeky clause which says that they will charge you an admin fee. Hope you sort this out...

    Answered on Jun 23 2018, Report content
  • If you dont pay the rent - immediate breach of contract on your part - section 21 grounds for eviction - Simples. After Saturday you enter a periodic tenancy which has the same conditions as the initial 12 months AST you signed including giving notice by either side. OR you sign a new tenancy for 12 / 24 / 36 months and have security for that period. If you wish to move earlier do not sign a new tenancy - and then expect landord to give you 2 months notice of possession of his/her property.if he/ she wishes to. Other countries are irrelevant - this is UK law for Assured Short hold Tenancies (AST) .Fees are paid for legal work and office time and management. Sorry - a reality. Pay full rent on time every time, look after the place, do not be 'high maintenance' tenants but equally expect appliances/ services to be working as they should, keep a happy dialogue going with agent or landlord about contracts and maintenance issues.and all will be well. Good luck.

    Answered on Jul 25 2018, Report content

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