Some HMO owners choose to use agents to manage their real estate, or they may simply go through an agent to find tenants. This can create confusion among tenants as to who to turn to in rental-related situations. Find out if the property is managed The answer to this question […] If you do not leave, we will remove you. If you do not leave a property after termination, you may be removed, but not by the real estate agent or owner. Only the judicial officers appointed by the justice can touch your property, everything else is an illegal eviction. Always remember ? everything agents say to tenants comes from the point of view of maintaining the agent`s relationship with the landlord. The landlord is the person who pays the agent, not the tenant, and so the agents will always have the landlord`s best interests in their hearts. There is no legal relationship between tenants and intermediaries in the absence of a contract. You have to pay the full rent, even if the boiler is not working. This is true to the extent that, if you stop paying your rent or withhold some of it, it leads you to a breach of your lease and the landlord can begin the process of withdrawing from you. However, if the landlord does not repair the boiler, they are violating their repair requirements in the rental agreement (and in the law), so most landlords offer a rent reduction to accommodate this. There are certain responsibilities that a lessor has legally and these cannot be removed, even by a lease signed by all parties.
This includes: some agents deliberately mislead tenants to protect their own interests, others simply don`t realize they are. Either way, it`s a good idea to be aware of the most frequent statements agents make that aren`t entirely true. Section 1 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 allows you to request the owner`s address and identity from the agent who must provide them within 21 days. The concept of owner and agent simply means that the owner pays the agent to act on his behalf. Your agreement requires the agent to ensure that the landlord`s legal obligations to tenants are met. However, legal liability never shifts from the owner – if the surety is not protected by the agent, for example, the owner can still be sued (the owner can then go 1 and sue the agent under a contract for losses). Consult your lease and you should have the name and contact information of the landlord. You have the legal right to request contact information for the owner and the broker must provide it within 21 days. The answer to this question will tell you who you will be dealing with during the lease. If the landlord uses agents to manage the property, then they are your first point of contact to manage everything from notification of repairs to rental renewals.
If you find that your agent is problematic, you always have the right to go directly to the owner, let them know what the agent is doing and ask them to intervene and manage a situation. Some agents will tell you that you can not contact the owner directly – this is not true. There is nothing that prevents you from doing this in the lease and, indeed, the law requires tenants to know who their landlord is and have the opportunity to contact them. We will arrive on [date] to do a property inspection. It is not negotiable. The entrance fee of the owner (and therefore of the broker) is subject to the condition of being at least 24 hours in advance and obtaining the agreement of the tenant. This statement is therefore misleading. You can inform the agent (in writing) that you do not agree to the visit taking place at the time they wish to do so and offer a time that works better for you. It`s probably going to bother the agent, and they`re going to try to insist.