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    New rent, breach in move in date

    Hi,
    We agreed last month to move in into a new property on the 8th of January, but our reference check was only completed on the 11th. We have an appointment to sign our contract and collect the keys on the 16th which we tought would be the contract start date. However the agency says the start of the rent period will be the 8th.

    Furthermore, because we were not given the green light to move on the 8th, we had to pay a full month in our previous house. Is there any argument we have here to change the start date (to the 15th/16th)?

    19th December: we tell the agent we are interested in moving on the 8th of January
    21st December: agent confirms that the landlord is happy with that date and sends bank information to pay the agency and holding fees
    23rd December: we pay the fees
    2nd January: agent confirms reception of fees and sends forms to fill in
    6th January: forms sent back
    9th January: they ask for additional information
    10th January:sent info
    11th: references passed, invite to appointment to sign contract

    Thanks in advance

    #2
    Your tenancy only begins when you take possession. Tell the agent that the start date must be the date they give you the keys. Very unscrupulous agent is trying it on.

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      #3
      Tell the agent that the start date must be the date they give you the keys.
      That. Don't sign any contract which backdate your tenancy to before you sign the contract and have the key.
      I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

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        #4
        Thanks for your answers. Just to be clear, I think the date on the contract would be the 16th, but they will write in the move in date as the 8th.

        Regarding us having more expenses this month due to the delay in the move in date, is there a basis to get a compensation for the extra expenses?

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          #5
          Just cross out the eatlier date and insert the date you are given the keys, initial both changes.
          It is then for LL/LA to decide.
          Seeking compensation for lost rent will cost you more at this stage.

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            #6
            Originally posted by TamaDP View Post
            Regarding us having more expenses this month due to the delay in the move in date, is there a basis to get a compensation for the extra expenses?
            Not going to happen.
            I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

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              #7
              Reading through your timeline, if you had paid the fees and returned the forms and information on the same day, it might have been possible to move in on the 8th. Was it a condition of you getting the tenancy that you would start paying from the 8th?

              Was the 16th the earliest the agency would start the tenancy or is that the first date convenient to you?

              Compensation? No.

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                #8
                Complain after you move in (or don't) to letting agent redress scheme they have to be a member of.
                ​​​​​​
                Your tenancy cannot (may not, , legally impossible to) start until you move in & take possession: But I think your contract can start earlier.

                Your contract & tenancy by the way is with landlord (that's whoever is named as your landlord on tenancy agreement). Yes I know agent arranged everything, but contract is with landlord.
                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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