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    What authority if any does the landlord have in the use of excessive heating.

    I let rooms out individually, so therefore its easier to have the gas bill in my name. However one tenant likes to keep the heating on excessively even if its a hot day like today!!. I read somewhere that in the Housing Act 2004 there was something relating to Energy efficiency and wastage, and its the Landlords responsibilty to reduce or minimise energy wastage. Could anybody clarify this?

  • #2
    Well, that means putting in an energy efficient boiler or insulating the house.

    It doesn't mean you can limit use of the facilities.

    If the tenant is taking the michael then issue notice.

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    • #3
      the contract was for two months, and 6 weeks of the contract have passed. 2 weeks ago they asked if they could stay on and i agreed verbally that we would sign a new contract once it ends. Can i still give 2 months notice? Could i say that i do not want to renew the contract and ask them to leave when their contract ends? (its supposed to end in 3 weeks time).

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      • #4
        Minimum contract in the UK is six months, you cannot issue notice to end the tenancy before the six months is up.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by attilathelandlord View Post
          Minimum contract in the UK is six months, you cannot issue notice to end the tenancy before the six months is up.
          There is no Minimum contract! .. BUT you cannot issue a section to expire before the end of 6 months!
          GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING: I am a woman and am therefore prone to episodes of PMT... if you don't like what I have to say you can jolly well put it in your pipe and SMOKE IT!!

          Oh and on a serious note... I am NOT a Legal person and therefore anything I post could be complete and utter drivel... but its what I have learned in the University called Life!

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          • #6
            The contract is actually a joint contract with two tenants. One of the tenant (unfortunately not the problem tenant) was only going to stay for the 2 month contract period and will therefore be leaving soon, as this is why only a 2month contract was signed in the first place. The other tenant has said she's found a replacement to take her place. Do i have any grounds on not renewing the tenancy and issuing notice?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by attilathelandlord View Post
              Minimum contract in the UK is six months, you cannot issue notice to end the tenancy before the six months is up.
              England/Wales: no. There is NO minimum; it's just that s.21 procedure does not bite on shorter term.

              Rest of UK: don't know. Scotland and NI have entirely different landlord & tenant laws.
              JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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              • #8
                Effectively the same thing then.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by attilathelandlord View Post
                  Effectively the same thing then.
                  Er? As one of the two occupants was to leave after two months, a two-month letting seems eminently sensible.
                  Not the same thing as six-month let, is it?
                  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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                  • #10
                    One of the tenants may well feel like leaving after two months but if the other continues to stay there then the tenancy continues and the six month fixed period kicks in.

                    Are you seriously suggesting that a contract can become periodic after only two months?

                    I think not.

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