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About 3 weeks ago 39
We have been living in our flat for a year (12 month contract), and our lease is up in 2 weeks. As our third flatmate is leaving (he gave his notice a month in advance like he needed to), I informed the agency with the details of the new tenant we found to make sure he would get on the new lease. They came back saying that the landlord wants to increase the rent by 10%.
I replied saying that from my understanding they have to give us a months notice before our lease is up, so that this notice is 2 weeks late and we can’t accept the rent increase. They then said that technically, according to notice 21, the landlord can repossess the flat when the lease ends. So we either need to pay the increase (which is a big increase in my opinion) or leave the flat in 2 weeks.
Can they just do this? From what I’ve been reading is that there’s also a 2 months notice in place for notice 21 so they can’t force us to leave the flat in 2 weeks?
Any advice much appreciated!!
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