Ask Lorraine – Hello hun,
I’m after a little advice as I don’t have many options. My agent gave me a Section 21 on 19th January and has told me I’ve got 14 days to leave the property. I’ve been renting my home for nearly 2 years.
I have nowhere to go and 14 days is not long enough to find another property and pack up my stuff. I will end up sofa surfing, yes I have paid the rent a few days late on the odd month but I’m currently up to date.
How can an agent treat me like this, surely this can’t be right?
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Lorraine’s Answer – I am sorry that you find yourself in this unpleasant situation and I hope that you do find somewhere to live.
I don’t know if communication has broken down between you and the agent/landlord or if there are underlying issues as to why the landlord requires the property back.
I will do my best to answer your question assuming that you are now on a periodic tenancy agreement.
A landlord has the legal right to retain possession at the end of a tenancy but they must follow the correct legal procedure. This includes serving a valid section 21 notice which is the easiest way for an agent/landlord to recover a property.
For a S21 to be valid there are a number of pieces of information that you should have been given during your tenancy, If not the notice will not be legal and cannot be enforced.
The notice to leave must be at least two calendar months or the same period for which rent is paid, whichever is longer. The notice should end on the last day of a rental period (the day before rent is due).
I do not have all the facts but would certainly recommend that you take your tenancy agreement, complete with any additional paperwork in your possession, to the Council. If the Council cannot help, Citizens Advice will be able too.
Please do this as soon as possible.
Please see below tenants guide to private renting, this will give you lots of helpful advice.
I hope things turn out well for you.
Until next week.
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