Agents insisting on their own AST?

Agents insisting on their own AST?

8:34 AM, 13th April 2022, About 2 years ago 12

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Do you have to use an Agents own AST for a tenant find service?

For a tenant find service it is normal to reference the applicant you select and prepare the tenancy, arrange signing, collect deposit and lodge with the DPS as well as serving all compliance documentation.

I have used a very good agent that insists on using her AST as it has been checked and verified by the body she is accredited to. While in the main the AST is fine there are a few things I want to change – she references a statutory periodic tenancy after the min 6 months, whereas I want it stated as a contractual periodic for example.

Having has a look at the government’s own draft AST template (bloody useless would not use at all) there are sections in this that are more descriptive than the AST the Agent uses, so all I want is to have the flexibility to add what I think are pertinent things in.

Do others have this issue or do you all just use the Agents AST when using them for tenant find only?


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Monty Bodkin

7:55 AM, 17th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Graham Bowcock at 14/04/2022 - 09:59
"you cannot link the rent to costs."

Yes you can.

Existing tenancies pay less rent than new tenancies.
(English Private Landlords Survey et al)


11:13 AM, 17th April 2022, About 2 years ago

The main practical difference between a tenancy reverting to a statutory and a contractual periodic at the end of the fixed period is down to not getting stuffed by the council tax people when the tenant decides to leave.

IME a majority of agents still remain ignorant of this basic fact even all these years after the point was argued and won in court and I have given up trying to educate them - simply choosing to use a different agent instead.

I once spent an inordinate amount of time corresponding with a nationwide letting agent progressing upwards via several layers of management until my emails finally came to the attention of their legal department. When even the lawyers were ignorant of the relevant court cases (and arrogantly refused to do the necessary research to find out for themselves) I knew I was beat and finally told them where to shove it.

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