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  • T moves out before term - no lease agreement

    HI.
    I'm renting a room from a girl who's signed a lease with landlord. I didn't signed any lease agreement nor with her nor landlord- i just paid 150 quids refundable deposit. Now i want to move out as the situation is ridiculous - i'm paying 235 quids + about 100 gas and electricity ( we're living in 3 in this flat) and the temperature in my room/bathroom and kitchen is around 10 degrees. Am i oblige to give her a month notice or just leave the property and left deposit for her?
    I'm living there from sept 2008. many thanks for replies

  • #2
    Analysis
    1. It wasn't too wise to pay the girl (X) without knowing what your status would be- and with nothing in writing!
    2. I assume that L let the flat to X who sub-let to you.
    3. Does X still occupy? If so, she is probably an Assured Shorthold Tenant but you aren't. From your point of view, X is a resident landlord. That takes your situation outside the Housing Act 1988.
    4. Did X obtain consent from L for the sub-letting to you? If not, she is in breach of her Tenancy Agreement with L.
    5. If X occupies, anyway, you have no security of tenure AT ALL. Sorry!
    6. But, equally, you can leave at the drop of a hat. Absence of rules works both ways!
    JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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    • #3
      Thanks for quick reply.

      Yes L let the flat to X, she is still occupying the flat ( we are all students).
      I just want to move out as soon as possible without any consequences ( as being taken into a court, or paying next month rent) i dont even want deposit i just want to live somewhere else where's normal "home temperature" around 19 degrees
      we didnt signed any lease but she (X) sent me some rules on my email address before - thats all.

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      • #4
        So move out of her icebox flat.
        JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
        1. Public advice is believed accurate, but I accept no legal responsibility except to direct-paying private clients.
        2. Telephone advice: see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=34638.
        3. For paid advice about conveyancing/leaseholds/L&T, contact me* and become a private client.
        4. *- Contact info: click on my name (blue-highlight link).

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        • #5
          thank you so much. will do this tomorrow without hesitation

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          • #6
            Originally posted by silv20 View Post
            thank you so much. will do this tomorrow without hesitation
            And if you have proof that you paid it to her, put in a small claims court claim for the £150 deposit she owes you.
            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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