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    I rent from a letting agent. I have an AST tenancy with a minimum term of 6 months. I know that these usually convert to statutory periodic with one month rolling contract afterwards.

    However my tenancy agreement states that I must pay an additional fee to redraw the tenancy agreement and take the property for an additional six months if I wish to remain in the property after the initial six month term.

    Does this then mean that I must give one month's notice on my rent day at five months or does it automatically expire and I can just move out at the end of the six months without having to give notice? Or does it convert to an SPT if I fail to give notice?

    There is a little over six weeks to go. Shouldn't I have been asked of my intentions/given notice two months before the end of the tenancy?

    If you haven't received a section 21 notice then your tenancy will become a periodic at the end of the 6 months. The section 21 must be served 2 months before possesion (sp?), so as it stands at the moment, there is no way you can be evicted in 6 weeks time.

    However. They can serve a s21 (with 2 months notice) at any time to get you out. If you agree to a new AST, then they can't get you out until the end of that AST - gives you more security.

    On the other hand. At any time during a periodic, you can give one months notice to quit - if you get a new AST then you are tied to the full term also - ie less flexibility.

    How much do they intend charging you for a new AST? It should not be much, if anything. As I understand it, when you took on the tenancy, your 'reservation fee' would have covered things like references, credit checks etc (which will still be valid) - and the fee the agent charged the landlord (probably 2-4 weeks rent) includes the admin, like the AST - which will be created from a template so is hardly a difficult job for a properly trained clerk. The agent will almost certainly be expecting to charge the landlord again (they may not succeed - earch for 'Foxtons'), so I personally can't see the reasoning.

    There are some very good letting agents on this forum who might be able to give a better background than I can - I am a relatively newbie landlord myself so know far from everything.


      OP - Snorkerz has given you some useful info in the previous post, but in answer to your specific question about notice : as T you are perfectly entitled to walk away at the end of the fixed term giving no notice at all. people usually do, as a courtesy but it is not legally required. AS Snorkerz says, f lL wanted you to go at end of fixed term he should have served a s21 with at least two months' notice.

      If he did not do this, and you don't move out on or before the last day of the fixed term, your tenancy does indeed become periodic and you are then required to give one month's notice, ending on the last day of a rent period. (LL must give you TWO months' notice).
      '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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