Landlord and Agent dispute - landlord now disputing tenancy agreement?

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    Landlord and Agent dispute - landlord now disputing tenancy agreement?

    Help needed .... brief summary below

    We (the tenants) signed a three year lease with no break clauses. The lease was signed by ourselves (the tenants) and the agents (on behalf of the landlord).

    The landlord and the agents have subsequently fallen out and we are now having to deal directly with the landlord (we are now 4 months into the tenancy)

    The landlord has phoned us today to say that the lease that we signed is null and void as it is not the lease that they agreed to as they wanted a six month rolling (so basically the flexibility to get rid of us when they want - I have a feeling they now want to move backto the uk)

    They have now proposed a new lease - six months rolling

    We are not happy about this as we moved here for three years as we have 2 young babies and are looking at buying land to build on to move out into the new home after three years and this has made me feel very unsettled!

    We have paid £3000 on decoration as we did plan on staying for the three years

    So my question is - is the lease now null and void?

    Any help would be gratefully received - with 2 babies you can imagine how I feel!

    Thank you!

    #2
    A duly appointed letting agent has ostensible authority to sign an agreement for a tenancy of three years or less. That means that, unless you were informed that the agent had no such authority, the agreement binds the landlords.

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      #3
      Thank you for your quick reply - has made me feel a little more secure

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        #4
        Originally posted by Stevenson1 View Post
        Thank you for your quick reply - has made me feel a little more secure
        Unless there is some devil in the detail, you can feel quite secure.

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          #5
          I will get a lawyer to look over the tenancy agreement tomorrow - but as it all looks pretty standard (although I am not sure what I should be looking out for) I think it will be okay

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            #6
            IMHO you dont need to prove anything. Its for the LL to prove differently. He has to apply to courts to prove the agent was not acting on his behalf. Not your problem at least for now.
            All views posted reflect my personal opinion only and do not constitute professional advice which I am not qualified or knowledgeable enough to provide.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Stevenson1 View Post
              I will get a lawyer to look over the tenancy agreement tomorrow - but as it all looks pretty standard (although I am not sure what I should be looking out for) I think it will be okay
              Do not do that unless you feel you really need to. Await developments.

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                #8
                This is clearly a dispute between landord and his agent so you should not get involved.

                The tenancy agreement you have that was signed by the agent is lawfully binding as has already been pointed out. The landlord might want to try and frighten you into thinking it is void but that is not so, and there is a legal term called "Estoppel" which means the landlord cannot deny the agent was acting on his behalf at the time.

                Let the agent and landlord scrap if they must, but it really is not your squabble!
                The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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