Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
My partner and I have been renting a flat through a letting agents for the last 2 years. They charge us £150 to renew to lease every 6 months, the latest contract was signed in November 2012 for a further 6 months.
Shortly after we signed the new contract we were offered a larger and cheaper place with the local housing association which we have now moved into.
What I want to know is, as we are still paying the £400 a month rent until the end of the tenancy or until a new tenant takes on the existing lease, can they actually charge us the £295 finders fee that they are saying we are liable for?
There was nothing in the tenancy agreement and they’re not losing out on rent because we are stuck paying both rents until May if they don’t find anyone to move in sooner.
I also want to know whether we have any legal grounds to contest it as they did not repair or supply a broken fridge when the fridge that was there broke down, which meant we had to go out and fork out £500 for a fridge of our own. They also never came out to repair the leak in the bay window roof which ruined a lot of our possessions when we came home to find it was raining in the flat, there was also a lot of black mould Adonis the walls which effected my asthma, we used mould killer on it and reported it numerous times and nothing was ever done.
Any advise you have would be great
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