URGENT: Letting Agents Attempt to Break their Contracts!
Every year the housing situation gets worse. Landlords and letting agents pressure students to make swift decisions about whether they want to remain in a property for their next year at university.
Students BEWARE. You do NOT have to make these decisions now.
I have spoken to Leaders, a Letting Agency who this month sent all of their tenants a letter stipulating that tenants needed to let them know whether they wanted to remain in the property the following year by the 17th December. They state in their letter:
“Should we not hear from you by this date, we will automatically advertise the property as available for re-let, erect a ‘To Let’ board and arrange viewings accordingly.”
I asked them whether they believed this was misleading students. In their contract, Leaders state that:
“At least one month prior to the expiry of the Term specified in the Particulars the Tenant shall give Notice to the Landlord or the Landlord’s Agent specifying whether of not the Tenant will be vacating at the end of the Term or whether the Tenant seeks an extension or renewal of the Term”
In response, Leaders suggested that should a tenant not wish to disclose whether they were staying in a property or not, they would not take any of the action stated in their letter.
But I must admit that it is INCREDIBLY MISLEADING. Other letting agents and landlords are employing similar techniques to pressure students into making such important decisions only a few months after they have moved in….we have barely had time to work out the cleaning rotas!
I would urge students to remember that they have signed up to their current property for the YEAR. You do not need to let your letting agents know whether you will remain in the property through unnecessary pressure.
It is in THEIR interests and not YOURS. Letting agents want the business of the landlords and they want to prove that they can rent the properties efficiently and before the spring.
Once again, the letting agents direct the student market. It should be the students directing the market that they are affected by. I implore you to make a stand, take your time and ignore the false pressures of a greedy market.