Charged more pcm when weeks vary?

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    Charged more pcm when weeks vary?

    Hi all,

    I'm renting a room for £400pcm, and agreed with my Landlord that I would pay that amount every 15th of the month.

    Now, my landlord is saying that I owe her more because the last period between the 15th of each month has accumulated so that it's five weeks, not four, and is asking for an extra £100.

    Am I right in saying this is completely against what a calendar month is? I could understand if it was a weekly contract but it isn't and I'm in a mind to just tell her no, sorry, that's not what I signed.

    #2
    PCM is per month and you shouldn't be charged more. If that's what theyre trying, where is your Feb discount.

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      #3
      £400 per calendar month means £400 per calendar month, whether that month has 28 days, 29 days, 30 days, or 31 days.
      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.

      I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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        #4
        Advise Landlord to seek professional help from a qualified medical advisor.
        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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          #5
          Has the payment date changed? Did you miss a week's payment if you stated it's accumulated? If it is none of these I would just pay the £400 on the 15th as you have done.

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            #6
            Originally posted by twjs86 View Post
            I'm in a mind to just tell her no, sorry, that's not what I signed.
            Quite right, unless there is something else going on here. If the tenancy agreement states per calendar month, due on the 15th of each month, and there have been no changes to payment date, etc. then it seems very straightforward. £400 due for rental period of 15th of one month to 14th of the next - regardless of the number of days in the month. For whatever reason your LL seems to be thinking in weeks.

            There is a fine line between irony and stupidity. If I say something absurd please assume that I am being facetious.

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              #7
              It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who don't know the difference between a month and four weeks. I encounter it all the time when I say the rent is £90 a week, and the prospective tenant says "Ah, that's £360 a month." because they've only multiplied the weekly rent by 4, and then think it's cheaper than a room at £390 pcm.

              Your landlord seems to have fallen into the same mis-calculation. I suspect he wanted £100 per week rent so just multiplied it by 4 to get £400 per month. Works in your favour though

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