Bad advice and penalty fee for HMO let in Newham?Make Text Bigger
Hi, I have a very tough situation here with my letting agent. Beginning of this morning, my letting agent found 3 sharers for my 3-bed flat located in Stratford. Basically, I was told that I just pay additional £500 upgrading my selective license to the additional HMO. It is very straightforward.
Once I put the tenants in (they want to move in pretty soon), they will start to do the planning permission. I trusted what I’ve been told. They started to do the referencing checks and preparing the tenancy agreement etc. Afterwards, I contacted the Newham council to pay £500, but I was told that the chance of getting planning application is very unlike at the moment, because there is a shortage of the family housing within the area.
I then went back to the letting agent and asked them to stop proceeding this offer. Guess what! The agent told me that I have accepted the offer and if I pull out of the agreement I will be invoiced for the Letting fee (£2992.20 inc one-year letting commission ) and any other works incurred and booked through them.
This is in accordance with the terms of the agreement to which I have signed. I really can’t understand! I even haven’t signed the tenancy agreement yet. Is it legal to charge me before the tenancy agreement?
Can anyone provide a web link clearly stating whether I could put the tenants in first before my planning permission is granted?
Thanks in advance!
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