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    flats been sold and dont know who my landlord is

    hi all,
    i have a bit of a problem. the whole building has been sold consisting of shop on ground floor, 1st floor flat (empty) and my flat on the 2nd floor.
    I was called by my letting agent yesterday to tell me the flat has been sold and they now have nothing to do with it. I asked who I should call if anything goes wrong and who I pay my rent to. They said that the landlord will be in touch!! I said well thats fine but he hasnt been in touch and im asking what I do if my boiler breaks or something, they said I just have to wait to hear from my new landlord.
    So here I am, have no idea who the landlord is, have no idea who to contact if anything goes wrong and I have no idea who to pay my rent to.
    I also feel very upset and anxious that a stranger has keys to my place and I have no idea who they are.
    I am alone here with a 7 month old baby and its made me very nervous.
    What can i do?

    #2
    I am sure the landlord will contact you soon. Just give a chance for the paperwork to catch up.

    Try to be positive and stop wishing boiler breakdowns on yourself. There is a good chance the purchaser of your property knows of you and your situation - just be patient.



    Freedom at the point of zero............

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      #3
      oh ive had lots of boiler breakdowns! that was the first thing i thought of because ive had to have engineers out quite a lot as the pilot light decides not to light quite often :-(
      dont you think its quite bad though, or is this normal? i would of thought my letting agents would of given me the new details?

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        #4
        Data protection says no to giving the details.

        The land registry should show the new owner in about 10 days - you have to pay £3 I think to do a search on your property -www.landregistry.gov.uk



        Freedom at the point of zero............

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          #5
          You could always ask letting agent if they know which estate agent handled the sale and also contact your previous landlord (possibly c/o letting agent if you have no other address..) & ask if he has new LL details..

          Your tenancy continues, by the way, on identical terms (rent date, rent amount, deposit protected etc etc ) as before but with new landlord: So if he wants you out he has to follow the normal, slow & plodding, processes through the courts: You are no more or less safe than you were before..

          Interesting your rent is not due until new LL tells you who he is & where to send money (I simplify, it's a bit more than that..) so given he probably wants the ££££ then I expect there's a letter on it's way to you... If nervous of what to do with your rent money maybe set up a new bank account & put the money in their so you can show willing...
          http://www.kmpropertysolutions.co.uk...ion-47-48.html

          If you need any advice etc. try Shelter's **free** helpline on 0808 800 4444 see...
          http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...dvice_helpline
          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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            #6
            Originally posted by Interlaken View Post
            Data protection says no to giving the details.

            The land registry should show the new owner in about 10 days - you have to pay £3 I think to do a search on your property -www.landregistry.gov.uk
            Which part of the Data Protection Act states that?

            Previous owners solicitors should have sent tenant a letter of authority on completion telling the tenant who they should be paying the rent to now.
            [I]The opinions I give are simply my opinions and interpretations of what I have learnt, in numerous years as a property professional, I would not rely upon them without consulting with a paid advisor and providing them with all the relevant facts[I]

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              #7
              Originally posted by Shelly24 View Post
              ... ....
              I also feel very upset and anxious that a stranger has keys to my place and I have no idea who they are.
              ...
              Shelly: only just taken in that comment:

              Some suggest tenant is within their rights to change the locks, but change them back when you finally leave - but perhaps that would not be the best way of starting things with new landlord..

              If you are worried then clearly asking the neighbours to let you know/call the police if they see any strange people trying to get in and also you can easily set this sort of thing up (Google "Shed alarm"..)
              http://www.amazon.co.uk/Motion-Senso.../dp/B0038MJG9I
              Battery powered, set it up near front-door, it'll give you warning & any intruder a big shock!!

              and some others here...
              http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=shed+alarms


              No sensible landlord would enter your property without writing & giving you 24hrs written notice: If anyone does in your shoes I'd call the Police...

              Best wishes & regards..I'm sure this will get sorted OK, but if not please keep asking more questions....

              Artful
              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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                #8
                If you're worried, change the lock. you can probably get a cheap one off the market, and change it back later.

                Those shed alarms are REALLY LOUD!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Interlaken View Post
                  Data protection says no to giving the details.
                  Not true.

                  In fact, if you read s.3 of LTA 1985, the old landlord would make a mistake by not giving the details of the new landlord and just hoping that he will do so himself.
                  Indeed, if new landlord doesn't do it, the old landlord remains jointly liable for breaches of contract, etc.

                  Shelly:
                  If you don't know where to pay your rent, just transfer it as usual to an instant access saving account and wait until new landlord asks for it.

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