Hello. I’m hoping someone can help me with a really tricky situation.
I started renting a room in a 3 bedroom flat in March this year. The 3 people occupying the flat now moved in to the flat between January and April 2020. The previous AST tenancy looks to have expired in Feb 2019 for the previous tenants and must have rolled to a periodic tenancy.
There’s a few issues:
- Our landlord has not provided us with a new fixed term tenancy despite regular chasing
- It turns out that the last tenancy that was signed has different rent levels than what we have been told to pay this year - is this even legal? Are we entitled to any money back or is this seen as contract by conduct at this point?
- I don’t believe the previous tenancy was ever formally ended via formal notice though all the previous tenants named in the tenancy have vacated the property - can the new 3 tenants still be considered under the same periodic tenancy if the tenants are completely different?
- I’d like to leave the flat as the landlord won’t reduce rent and my salary has been impacted by covid and I can no longer afford the payments. The landlord is being very difficult and noted that I’d be liable to pay rent even after I leave if I don’t find a replacement. I have read on shelter website that tenants can stop this by formally ending the periodic tenancy. Can I do this despite not actually having a written contract with my name listed in it? Will this work if the other 2 tenants want to remain in the flat?