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    Agent agrees rental price without consultation

    If an agent, for example, supplies a new tenant but agrees a lower price with them than what was advised to them and advertised without consulting the landlord beforehand, is there any legal standing the landlord can take in then event of a dispute when they notice a lower rent amount is being collected?

    Thanks for any advice.

    #2
    That would depend on the agreement between the landlord & agent (which is almost certainly not the AST). What does yours say about such matters with your agent, please?
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      What did you agree at the start, and what was the T&C's you signed in relation to your contract between them, usually an agent will show a prospective tenant around, then if the tenant negotiates a rental, the agent should then inform the landlord of the proposed rent and if you agree would then carry out the background checks etc.

      If this was not done, why didn't you request a copy of the tenancy agreement and all documents which the tenant was given so you have a record of it.

      You should contact the manager of the agent and discuss with them, if you get no joy, then your first option would be to go down the redress route. If you want compensation it would be a small claims for the loss, but you need proof of market values, your property rental based on it's characteristics etc, also may be worth getting 2/3 independent valuations in as supporting evidence. If your only talking about 10-30 per month it may not be worth pursing and increase the rent at the end of the term if you believe it is below market.

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        #4
        The agent admitted they made a mistake but couldn't do anything since the contract was signed but they waived their agent's fee for three months which was better than nothing. I've learnt from this though.

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