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    Right to cancel query

    Something that came up in a discussion in our office today;
    1) I understand the ASTs not signed in our office gives tenants 14 days to cancel their agreement. But what happens if the tenancy has already started?
    2) What happens if some tenants sign in office and some sign out of office, and then the out of office signers use their right to cancel?

    Any help greatly appreciated. We've had a google but not found any definitive answers.

    #2
    Originally posted by CandM View Post
    1) I understand the ASTs not signed in our office gives tenants 14 days to cancel their agreement. But what happens if the tenancy has already started?
    Never heard of that before. Is that some bit of law that only applies to letting agents?

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      #3
      It's a general legal rule that applies to most service contracts.
      There's an automatic cooling off period if the agreement is signed on the business premises or done over the phone or by post.

      There are a number of exclusions and it doesn't apply to tenancies (as far as I know).
      Accommodation where the dates are specified is excluded specifically - which is generally held to be related to hotels, but applies equally to tenancies.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #4
        jpkeates,

        Thank you - that's makes sense

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          #5
          The distance selling regulations (2000) do seem to apply to rental agreements - which is interesting.

          It is possible to prevent the cancellation of an agreement once a service has started to be supplied, as long as that condition is confirmed in writing to a consumer before they sign the agreement.
          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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            #6
            I've just signed up with a High Street Estate Agent to sell a property and I had to sign a form agreeing to pay £500 plus VAT if I cancel in the 14 day cooling off period. Seems to negate the idea of a cooling off period really.

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