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Who regulates letting agents?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BENdage, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. BENdage

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 15, 2004

    Posts: 2,173

    Location: My Chair, Peterborough

    Does anyoen know who regulates letting agents? I want to read through some guidelines to see where I stand.

    Had a bit of a run in with one the other day. I moved out of my old house a few weeks ago, but left some cleaning up and a few final things to be collected. I have paid my rent for feb and my rental contract expired at midnight on the 28th feb, when I went back yesterday to finish the tidying up (to ensure I get my deposit back) there was a new tennant moving in.

    I couldnt do my finishing off as intended as there were people and furniture in the way and the new lady wasnt happy that I was there when she was trying to move in so I left without finishing. I now stand to loose some of my deposit as I didnt clean the windows or oven along with other little bits and bobs. Also, the new lady got the keys on the 27th, so she had access to the house for 2 days that I paid for.

    Given that I've had properties from the same landlord before and always cleaned up well enough to get the entire deposit back - would I be within my rights to demand the whole lot back, and the 2 days rent for when she had access?

    Any help or opinions much appreciated
     
  2. Johnny Girth

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 20, 2004

    Posts: 1,480

    Some estate agents are a member of ARLA but they don't have to be. If they are it may be worth a shot.

    What they have done is completely unacceptable. Unless there is some strange clause in your lease that says you have to allow 2 days for someone else to move in (and I very much doubt there would be) then they have breached your contract.

    You would probably only be entitled to 1 or 2 days' rent in damages but I would start by asking for a week's rent and the entirety of your deposit back. If they don't agree to this then take them to the small claims court as their breach of contract was causally responsible for the lack of cleaning.
     
  3. Amleto

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 13, 2003

    Posts: 6,031

    depends what midnight means. is is the start or end of the day?? If it's the start, you shouldn't have been there yesterday. If it's the end, they shouldn't have been there. Sounds like you pay by calendar month, which would imply the latter is the case
     
  4. Amnesia

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 22, 2007

    Posts: 7,893

    Location: Buckingham Palace

    did you give the keys back or let them know you would be out by that date ?
    if not then they are in the wrong.....if you did then dont moan.
     
  5. Glaucus

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 11, 2004

    Posts: 73,682

    is the deposit under the new protected scheme?
     
  6. Nodiggidy123

    Mobster

    Joined: Apr 8, 2008

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    Location: a galaxy far far away

    has a outgoing inventory been conducted? seeing as the new tennant has already moved in i doubt the landlord would have a chance.
     
  7. BENdage

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 15, 2004

    Posts: 2,173

    Location: My Chair, Peterborough

    The agent called me last monday to ask when I was goign back to finish off so they could do the inventory, and I told them I'd be there doing it on saturday and they didnt mention it being a problem. But it makes me think they havtn done an inventory unless it was doen before I went back to finish.

    Rent was paid per calendar month so I should have had until midnight on the 28th, although I handed the keys back yesterday afternoon after abandoning the cleaning.

    Interesting thing is, the tenants says they had paid to be there, so maybe the agent has cahrged us both for the same property.
     


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