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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    Don't mess with toasters!
    Unless you're into that there reggae, man.

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    Careful not to burn fingers!
    Don't mess with toasters!

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by MrJohnnyB View Post
    I don't know much about residential property so am simply speculating!
    Careful not to burn fingers!

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  • MrJohnnyB
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    Yes. If it reads "To pay L", L can enforce it.
    The point was simply that, if it read "To pay A", A usually cannot enforce it.
    Ahh I see! Thanks once again! I'm sure I'll find all this knowledge useful one day.

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  • jeffrey
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    Yes. If it reads "To pay L", L can enforce it.
    The point was simply that, if it read "To pay A", A usually cannot enforce it.

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  • MrJohnnyB
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    But surely the Landlord could just insert a clause which states something along the lines of "to pay the landlord or his agents any reasonable costs involved in renewing the tenancy agreement" I don't know much about residential property so am simply speculating! I guess its just a case of reading the AST, as I deal with soley commercial property I always am fairly keen to learn more about residential property so thank you for your insight!

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  • firefly
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    Aha. The AST is between L and T, is it not, so T's obligations are owed to L (not to Agent A).
    Not being a party, A cannot enforce the AST personally unless the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 applies.

    Very interesting, thank you!

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by MrJohnnyB View Post
    I thought that Tenants being forced to pickup renewal costs for ASTs was fairly common place? So even with private tenancies the Landlord should be paying the cost of the renewal and not the tenant? What happens if they have a contractual obligation in the AST?
    Aha. The AST is between L and T, is it not, so T's obligations are owed to L (not to Agent A).
    Not being a party, A cannot enforce the AST personally unless the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 applies.

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  • MrJohnnyB
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    Remember that the Agent is L's agent (not yours); so only L should be doing the paying.
    I thought that Tenants being forced to pickup renewal costs for ASTs was fairly common place? So even with private tenancies the Landlord should be paying the cost of the renewal and not the tenant? What happens if they have a contractual obligation in the AST?

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by firefly View Post
    The contact was meant to be renewed last September but they refuse to renew or should I say give me the contract until I pay the renewal fee.

    Thank you for your advice, I have been wondering whether this is legal or not for a while as the LL also apparently pays this fee.
    Remember that the Agent is L's agent (not yours); so only L should be doing the paying.

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  • firefly
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    Hi Jeffrey

    Well the contact was meant to be renewed last September but they refuse to renew or should I say give me the contract until I pay the renewal fee.

    Thank you for your advice, I have been wondering whether this is legal or not for a while as the LL also apparently pays this fee.

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by firefly View Post
    As a tenant for 5 years now I have always had to pay the "renewal fee" of around £85, which is daylight robbery if you ask me!! All they do is amend the dates on the old one and give you a copy ...

    However I have never been able to pay it off in one go as Im on benefits and did ask the agents if I could pay a bit every month, firstly they refused saying I had to pay 2 large sums a month apart so I told them if they want the money I will pay every month- thats the only way they will get it. Guess what? I pay them every month over 12 months.

    I have refused to pay the last lot as its a liberty and they do nothing to earn it (also cant afford it!!!) its about time they got rid of the so called "renewal fee"
    Really, there's no legal obligation on you as T (whether by law or by contract) to pay any such fee.

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  • firefly
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    As a tenant for 5 years now I have always had to pay the "renewal fee" of around £85, which is daylight robbery if you ask me!! All they do is amend the dates on the old one and give you a copy ...

    However I have never been able to pay it off in one go as Im on benefits and did ask the agents if I could pay a bit every month, firstly they refused saying I had to pay 2 large sums a month apart so I told them if they want the money I will pay every month- thats the only way they will get it. Guess what? I pay them every month over 12 months.

    I have refused to pay the last lot as its a liberty and they do nothing to earn it (also cant afford it!!!) its about time they got rid of the so called "renewal fee"

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by PML View Post
    Yes, I did mean direct debit or standing order
    No, you didn't. Direct Debits are almost not within your legal ability; so you meant only Standing Order. You know the difference?

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  • PML
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    Paying the Intro fee over 12 months

    Yes, I did mean direct debit or standing order, my point was, does anyone know whether one can pay the intro fee over 12 months, rather than in one or two massive payments, even if the A does not want me to pay it in such small payments. I cannot see a way out of paying this fee so really need to know whether he could take me to court for paying it in small installments. As long as Im paying the fee, would he have a right to argue?

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