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    Most new threads, irrespective of the actual question(s) asked, require some basic knowledge of the original contract (Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement or AST). To avoid similar questions needing to be being asked by different advisers, a list of common questions has been agreed by a number of regular forum members:

    Q1 – Where is the rented property located (England / Wales / Scotland / N Ireland)?

    Q2 – What type of Tenancy Agreement (TA) is this e.g. sole tenant / multiple tenant / room only?

    Q3 – What date did current TA start dd/mm/yy?

    Q4 – How long was initial fixed term (6/12/24 months / other)?

    Q5 – Does the TA state that rent is due weekly? / 4-weekly? / per calendar month (if so, on what same date each month)?

    Q6 – Did the TA require a tenant damage deposit to be paid? If so, on what date was this paid (dd/mm/yy)?

    Q7 – If your query relates to a notice for repossession from the landlord (a Section 8 or Section 21 notice) or a tenants's notice to quit to the landlord, please provide the exact date the notice was sent/received (dd/mm/yy).

    Q8 – Does the landlord live in the same property as the tenant?

    The list above is not exhaustive; there may be further questions to clarify your answers.

    It would be advantageous for new thread starters to cut & paste, then answer these FAQs as fully as possible, as part of their initial post.

    Information should be anonymous, so do not name individuals / Companies.

    Please provide precise dates.
    I also post as Mars_Mug when not moderating

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    I'm writing my ideal specification for employing an agent - I'm a very optimistic person!

    So this is hypothetical ... I'm trying to work out if it's better to get an agent to register a deposit or register it myself (even if I pay for a fully managed service).
    18-09-2017, 19:40 PM
  • Reply to Landlord (me) or agent to register deposit - pros & cons
    okay... let me spell that out then to see if there are any gaps in my knowledge
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    2. They'd pay me the deposit via bank transfer.
    3. I'd place the deposit with DPS.
    4. I'd send them the PI via email along
    20-09-2017, 09:24 AM
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    19-09-2017, 19:37 PM
  • Reply to Wording on AST Renewal
    It is not illegal (currently) for LA's to charge an admin fee for renewal of an AST. Nor is it illegal for a LL to insist that a tenancy does not go periodic but is renewed with a further fixed term. It may not be what you want and you may be right to think it's not fair, but it's not illegal.
    20-09-2017, 09:20 AM
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    19-09-2017, 22:02 PM
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    20-09-2017, 09:02 AM
  • Reply to Wording on AST Renewal
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    20-09-2017, 09:01 AM
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    20-09-2017, 08:54 AM
  • Reply to Wording on AST Renewal
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