Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago 39
I let out one of my properties and the estate agent that dealt with the letting obtained a guarantee. The guarantor is a 20 year old who was a friend of the tenant earning one quarter of the tenant’s salary. The guarantee was drafted by the letting agent so that it continued to apply to any increased rental and/or to any continuation, extension or renewal of the tenancy.
The tenant trashed what was a newly refurbished house, but the AST had expired in the September and we obtained possession by the following January. We couldn’t renew the tenancy because he was in arrears. We have taken action in the small claims court against the guarantor and this is being defended on the basis that the guarantee has fallen foul of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.
I was wondering whether it is worth pursuing the claim in light of the terms or whether anyone thinks we would have a reasonable chance of success. The guarantee was witnessed and as I say it was produced by the estate agent not us.
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