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    5 years down the line and....

    I have lived in the same rented property with the same landlord for almost 5 years. In all this time the landlord has never ever been to check the property until a week ago. He came round to check the house and everything was in order, we keep the place as we would expect someone to keep our property. The landlord then told me he wanted me to sign a new lease agreement as i haven't had one since the initial 6 month one when we moved in. I am concerned that he is planning something or is it normal for him to want us to do this. Will we have less rights than we would do after renting for so long. The rent is going up by £20 a month and he has told me he wants me to pay weekly instead of monthly. It's just made me feel a little insecure about about what is now my home. I know and understand it is his property but i am very aproachable and would hate to think anything underhand is taking place. Thanks in advance for any help.

    #2
    I m assuming that the property is in England or Wales and you have an AST.

    He wants you to sign a new contract because unless you do so he cannot increase the rent. However if you refuse he could take steps to evict you via a section 21 Notice Requiring Possession (the no fault way for a LL to get a tenant out). If you have been paying the same rent for 5 years it is not unreasonable of him to consider putting it up.

    If you sign up for a new fixed term you would just have different rights rather than more or fewer. He will not be able to evict you until the end of the new fixed term, but nor can you just leave with a month's notice as you can now. Currently, he can serve you two months' notice.

    I am not sure what he hopes to achieve bye changing the rent payments to weekly. I expect someone will be able to explain.
    '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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      #3
      "He wants you to sign a new contract because unless you do so he cannot increase the rent."
      Incorrect, after 12 months LL can serve s13 (30 day expiry) or just get T acceptance of rent increase. SPT would then continue at new rent.

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        #4
        Originally posted by mariner View Post
        "He wants you to sign a new contract because unless you do so he cannot increase the rent."
        Incorrect, after 12 months LL can serve s13 (30 day expiry) or just get T acceptance of rent increase. SPT would then continue at new rent.
        Thank you for the correction.

        So why is he asking for a new contract and weekly rent?
        '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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          #5
          Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
          So why is he asking for a new contract and weekly rent?
          I suppose the new contract is likely to include a clause about paying rent weekly rather than monthly? The OP should certainly check it carefully for any other changes in T&Cs before signing.

          I can't think of any reason for the landlord to want to swap to monthly payments though, other than maybe him having a dire cashflow situation?

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            #6
            The landlord wants weekly payments. Does this affect the length of time on a s21? 2 months plus a smaller bit when the rent is weekly.

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              #7
              No the section 21 Notice states it still requires a 'minimum of 2 months notice', regardless if the rent is paid weekly or monthly.
              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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                #8
                It would shorten any subs SPT Tenaancy period though.
                Also weekly rent should require LL to provide rent book stat info.

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                  #9
                  One thing OP needs to be aware of is that they have no obligation to sign a new agreement, no matter what the landlord wants. Their situation will not be secure - but no less secure than it is now.

                  I would disagree that a weekly contract would not shorten the s21 notice period - it often does - but I can not believe that is the reason.

                  We can guess the landlords reasons but it seems strange, and the only way GP will get a direct answer is to ask the landlord

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