Please can someone help?
I’ve lived in a rent property with an assured shorthold tenancy since 2010. The term of the agreement is a periodic tenancy beginning April 1st and ‘continues on a year to year basis until the landlord or tenant terminates the tenancy’.
I heard through local gossip that my landlord ‘wants us out’ and very recently he texted me to ask ‘can we have a gas man come round to issue a gas safety certificate’. I reminded him that we’d never had a gas safety check since 2010. I ask him why there was an imperative to have one now, knowing that a section 21 can’t be issued without one.
I also mentioned the £1000 worth of plumbing I’d had to get done in the past year (because historically, the landlord wouldn’t deal with emergency leaks etc in a timely manner). He didn’t respond to that though I can provide all receipts for the emergency work.
I’ve been shielding during Covid and of course, I haven’t been able to work as I’m clinically vulnerable. However, I’ve always paid rent on time and in full from my savings. It’s taking a while to get my work back up to speed because of Covid but I foresee no problems in paying rent.p, as I’ve always done.
Plus, I live in a remote area and this location works well for my children’s school. It will be an upheaval finding a place in the short term, maybe impossible. So, to live with this threat of eviction is quite awful.
Can anyone help me and explain whether I’m able to stay here until April 1st and what my options are?
Thanks in advance for any help.