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    Lazy letting agent

    Hello all,

    I have a letting agent who hasn’t sent me the new tenancy agreement to sign. The tenants have signed the new agreement, however the letting agent hasn’t sent it to me (I’m landlord) after 4 months, I have chased plenty of times and I get the usual sweet talk “sorry, it will do it now…”
    I think its pure laziness, but the question is: By me not signing the agreement, does this pose a potential problem or will the agreement just keep rolling without any binding agreement?
    The second part of the question is, if I was to ditch the letting agent, where do I stand with the tenants that I am happy with but nevertheless belong to the letting agent?

    Any advise please?

    Thank you

    What does your agreement with the agent (most likely terms & conditions you were sent when you signed up) say about you counter-signing? There's no legal requirement usually for landlord signature in addition to agent's: But their not giving you a copy is suspicious... they could be up to anything.

    Personally I'd collect all those emails (please tell me it was in writing not just telephone) promises of being sent it, print them off then pop down one morning about 10:45, explain your calm polite request & politely decline to leave until given copies of EVERYTHING (especially deposit stuff).

    You can fire agent any time you like (in line with your agreement): But may remain liable for commission (in line with your agreement). Unless this was a situation where you granted a tenancy to agent who then lets in his name-as-landlord to occupants, they are YOUR tenants, contract is between YOU and tenants and will carry on after you fire agent.

    The cause is either incompetence, fiddling or stupidity, none of which are good.

    There are good agents, I have one!
    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...


      The key to successfully leaving an agent is to have control over the deposit (and to have read the agreement you made with them which should contain the terms for ending the relationship).

      The contract that the tenants signed is binding with or without your signature - so it's not the end of the world.
      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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