18:38 PM, 15th October 2014, About 9 years ago 6
We bought a newly built flat in October 2012 and rented it from November 2012. Problems with the drainage appeared immediately.
The tenant decided to stop paying the rent in February of this year because of a sewage smell in the flat. Since this is a new build, the problem is covered by the developer’s 1st year guarantee. After 9 months’ not paying the rent but the developer compensating us, the letting agreement 2013-14 with the agency will lapse in 2 weeks’ time. The agency is insisting that we pay the management fee (full 10% of the yearly rental) or evict the tenant.
Since no rent is being paid, we wish to continue with the present arrangement, receiving compensation since the compensation would stop if the tenant left and we couldn’t rent to anybody else. The agency insists that a new contract be signed but we cannot sign the contract with someone who is paying no rent. Not only did the agency do nothing about non-payment of rent, they didn’t even ask us if we wished to renew before today.
Is it ok to leave things as they are?
There is no solution on offer to the sewage odour.