Renter for 7 years, property being put on the market - what rights do I have?

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    Renter for 7 years, property being put on the market - what rights do I have?


    I've rented my flat for more than 7 years, my tenancy was for a 6 month fixed term then has rolled over every month since then. They've recently let me know that they are putting the property on the market and I've read lots of conflicting information about what (if any) extra rights I have as I have lived in the property for so long (ie longer notice to quit period etc) so would love if someone could clarify for me.

    Also, if they decide to sell to someone looking to continue to let the property, and I chose to remain as a sitting tenant, are there any rules on how they can change my tenancy, for example asking for a bigger deposit or upping my rent however much they want.

    Anything else you think might be useful to know would also be much appreciated!


    You have no extra rights beyond those of any tenant on a periodic tenancy.
    The landlord can serve notice (under s21 of Housing Act 1988), which has to be a minimum of two months.
    If you choose not to leave in line with the notice, the landlord would then have to go to court to repossess.
    You can leave with a minimum of a month's notice, which has to end at the end of a rental period.

    If you're still a tenant when the sale completes, the buyer automatically becomes your landlord in place of the current landlord.
    That happens automatically and all the terms stay the same, so they can't change anything about the tenancy without your agreement.
    Other than serve notice.
    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).


      You have a right to defend yourself in court when the current landlord applies for a Possession order. Before landlord can do this they must give you a clear 2 month notice period. Landlord can after this 2 month period apply for a possession order. You will get an opportunity to defend that.

      Check if the new buyer is looking to buy as vacant possession or for rental purposes. If it is or rental purposes, the new buyer may be happy to keep you.

      In parallel i would suggest look at gumtree for properties to let in area of choice

      Note these are my views only


        As above.

        Someone buying the place does not end your tenancy nor compel you to depart. Even if they are sitting outside with removal van, 4 ASBO kids & 3 incontinent Rottweilers.

        Your tenancy continues: You do not have to agree to any changes to tenancy nor any new tenancy.
        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...


          Originally posted by gold2012 View Post
          You have a right to defend yourself in court when the current landlord applies for a Possession order.
          Yes, you do, but unless any such proceedings have been brought defectively (in which case the claim should be quite properly dismissed), there is no real defence to a possession claim under s21. The limited security of tenancy is a feature of the law relating to assured shorthold tenancies. If you want a long lease, with security of tenure, expect to pay a lease premium, rising from a modest sum, to a significant proportion of the freehold value for, say, 100 years ...


            The current LL can currently sell without s21 repo or T permission.


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