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    New Tenancy - Selling House

    Just more of rant as im sure I cant do anything but anyone else been in this situation before, as very cheesed off.

    Just started renting a place. Was unfurnished like most. 2 kids. Got a-z set up. New wardrobes, new beds, new sofas etc

    After everything was set up my Landlord mentions he is planning to sell the house. I went through an agent and advised him the agent never mentioned anything about selling the house. Landlord sort of not happy with agent as he didn't tell us. Landlord says he needs the money so no option but to sell the house. It is a 200K plus house so both agent and Landlord saying whoever buys will most likely be an investor but unfortunately no guarantees I guess.

    Just been 4 weeks and they already have a viewing tomorrow. I told Landlord if we knew he was selling we wouldn't have moved in. Guess that's the issues of rented houses but just feel so peed off. We have only just moved in and the stress of what if the house sells. Obviously they will honour the contract period which is another story which Il mention in another post later.

    #2
    If the agent or landlord didn't mention something that affected your decision to take the property materially, you could ask them to cancel the agreement under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 which apply to property letting.

    It's a misleading ommission (section 6 of that act).

    Or talk to trading standards who enforce the act.

    The landlord doesn't have any choice but to honour a fixed term, and that would also bind any seller.
    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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      #3
      They will honour the fixed term. Guess writing here I will not get any solutions. Just wanted somewhere to vent my frustrations. . Just more of place I could just let it out lol.

      Just hope we do get an investor and not have to leave after the fixed as wasn't easy moving with 2 kids.

      Don't want to cancel either as we want to stay here. As seems so unfair in one sense.

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        #4
        As landlord wants to sell and up for sale we are getting lots of viewings which is causing an inconvenience to us.

        I have tried to advise landlord to limit to once a week but they are not being understanding. There will be 3 viewings this week so with kids it is very tough.

        Can I refuse viewing for sale of the property whilst I live there? Only issue now landlord may not renew our contract after the term as we trying to limit to once a week as getting into arguments which having an effect on our daily life as constant stress of viewings and tidying house

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          #5
          Landlord selling does not end your tenancy nor require you to leave. Even after end fixed term with new owner outside with huge removals van, 3 bonkers kids & screaming hubbie

          Yes you can refuse viewings unless some clause in tenancy (unlikely, read it !) even so refuse and he'd have to evict you to permit viewing. Or ask for what you want (halve rent, good reference, early exit - woteva...)

          Stupid insensitive landord: . could have handled this sensibly & politely.
          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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            #6
            Tell the landlord to schedule the viewings together for one block of time a week that works for you. If he refuses, then refuse entry to all the viewings.
            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
              An interesting read for me as I have new tenants just moved in (no kids though so definitely not you!) and I'm thinking very hard about selling up. I feel for you, having 2 kids myself it must have been a pretty tough moving experience so hope all irons itself out. Most likely the buyer will be an investor so you could end up just staying as long as you want in any event but with a different landlord.

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                #8
                Have a word with the landlord and negotiate a reduced rent (half?) and if he agrees, you'll be nice as pie when it comes to viewings, keep the place tidy etc. Bank the money that you save and if/when the time comes to move out, spend the money saved on a luxury removals service or a holiday or whatever mitigates the stress.

                You'll probably find it takes 6 months before a place sells and completes. What is your tenancy agreement fixed period?

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                  #9
                  Oh, and during the viewings, if it's an investor, tell them you're a good long term tenant etc... And if a first time buyer, tell them it's an awful road and you've only just fixed the rodent problem.....

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by KTC View Post
                    Tell the landlord to schedule the viewings together for one block of time a week that works for you. If he refuses, then refuse entry to all the viewings.
                    At this moment in time they are refusing and saying you have to accept all viewing. Acting as if they are in charge which they are so going to have to take a very hard stance and say yes one block of time a week or no viewings. I can see massive arguments with which I don't really want hence not taken this stance. Usually not one of those who likes to get into arguments.


                    Originally posted by Hillsy101 View Post
                    An interesting read for me as I have new tenants just moved in (no kids though so definitely not you!) and I'm thinking very hard about selling up. I feel for you, having 2 kids myself it must have been a pretty tough moving experience so hope all irons itself out. Most likely the buyer will be an investor so you could end up just staying as long as you want in any event but with a different landlord.
                    Yes a very tough time. We have spent lots of money setting everything. Cant imagine moving again. We bought everything wardrobes, sofas, beds etc. Assembling the wardrobes and beds was a mission so we'd have to take it apart again and put it back together.

                    Yes hopefully an investor

                    Originally posted by security2 View Post
                    Have a word with the landlord and negotiate a reduced rent (half?) and if he agrees, you'll be nice as pie when it comes to viewings, keep the place tidy etc. Bank the money that you save and if/when the time comes to move out, spend the money saved on a luxury removals service or a holiday or whatever mitigates the stress.

                    You'll probably find it takes 6 months before a place sells and completes. What is your tenancy agreement fixed period?
                    He would never reduce the rent

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                      #11
                      For the price its going to tough to sell. It has a long driveway and long garden so high price. Garden is not really a garden as on a slope with steps so cant really use the garden. Its the inconvenience of showing people round. What do we get for tidying house before they come and showing them round - Nothing.

                      Landlord just keeps saying I need the money so no matter what you have to show them round.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by techcorp View Post

                        At this moment in time they are refusing and saying you have to accept all viewing. Acting as if they are in charge which they are so going to have to take a very hard stance and say yes one block of time a week or no viewings. I can see massive arguments with which I don't really want hence not taken this stance. Usually not one of those who likes to get into arguments.
                        In which case I would simply tell the agent that you will no longer accept any viewings at all.

                        There's no argument about it.
                        The agent works for the landlord not you and you work for neither of them.

                        It's your home and no one is allowed to access it without your consent.


                        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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                          #13
                          Originally posted by techcorp View Post
                          Landlord just keeps saying I need the money so no matter what you have to show them round.
                          Tell them politely, no.
                          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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                            #14
                            Change the locks: Keep old ones to put back when you leave.
                            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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                              #15
                              Originally posted by techcorp View Post
                              For the price its going to tough to sell. It has a long driveway and long garden so high price. Garden is not really a garden as on a slope with steps so cant really use the garden. Its the inconvenience of showing people round. What do we get for tidying house before they come and showing them round - Nothing.

                              Landlord just keeps saying I need the money so no matter what you have to show them round.
                              If he really needed the money, he'd throw the house into an auction and it would sell and he'd get his money in as little as 28 days.

                              He's trying to have his cake and eat it.

                              You're entitled to peaceful enjoyment of your home. It'll take some "balls" to stand up to your agent and landlord but the law is on your side.

                              Good luck

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