Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Hey 118ers, I have a contract with a letting agent for my HMO which has a guaranteed rent of x amount pcm. Recently, they have been asking me to reduce the rent due to the Covid-19 situation and in their words ‘the huge amount of people leaving London’. To save the hassle I have agreed to reduce the rent to help them only until they find new tenants, but they still refuse to accept my proposal
Now they have said we cannot pay the full rent because we have rooms empty and no one to fill them. I have argued the case stating if you cannot pay your rent then lower your asking price because it is clearly too high. They then said if you cannot reduce the rent we will serve notice which I accepted but then the next day they contacted me and paid the outstanding amount straight away! Basically trying to call my bluff
Now they are saying they cannot honour our contract, and they will pay what they can and only pay the full contracted rent once the rooms have all been filled. Surely a contract agreed is exactly that, isn’t it? I have tried being fair and reducing the rent for the meantime, but they still will not pay their contracted rent.
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