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Can a landlord change their mind about initial agreement terms?

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« on: September 28, 2020, 08:42:21 PM »

Hi everyone, looking for some advice..

So we agreed to let a property about a month ago and the initial terms of our agreement were that certain pieces of furniture were to be removed from the property by the landlord to allow us space to bring a few pieces of furniture that we have.
He agreed to this as long as we signed up for a 2 year let with a break clause which we did.
The removal of these items were included as a point in the tenancy agreement we signed - 1 armchair, 1 large bed frame, 1 small bed frame.

A few days ago we were asked to re-sign the tenancy agreement as one of us had needed to get a guarantor. When reading the new TA we noticed the removal of items section had changed and now didn't include the large bed frame or armchair.

When we queried this with the letting agents we were told the landlord had changed his mind about removing the furniture (less than a week before our move in date) as he hadn't been able to find anywhere to store it..
We were never informed about this and it feels like it was altered in the TA in an underhanded manner.

My question is can a landlord legally change their mind about this when the let was agreed on the basis of it and is included in the initial TA?

We would never have agreed to take the property in the first place if weren't able to fit our furniture in, feels like the landlord has us over a barrel though as we have given notice on our current property and we are supposed to move in two days...





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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2020, 01:06:47 AM »

By "re-sign the tenancy agreement", do you mean you had already signed one? If so, what about the landlord or their agent? Was the first agreement offered subject to contract if it wasn't yet signed by the landlord or agent? Do you have a signed copy?
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2020, 02:52:07 AM »

By "re-sign the tenancy agreement", do you mean you had already signed one? If so, what about the landlord or their agent? Was the first agreement offered subject to contract if it wasn't yet signed by the landlord or agent? Do you have a signed copy?

We signed an initial tenancy agreement which was also signed by the landlord.
In this TA it stipulated that the landlord would remove the furniture and that we would sign for two years with the break clause as per the terms of our initial agreement.

We have now been sent a new TA (which we haven't signed yet) as one of us is using a guarantor so it needed to be revised, but the removal of items section has been removed. However we are still expected to sign for two years.
The new TA was sent to us to sign without anyone informing us of the landlords decision and the changes that had been made to the written agreement.

I haven't got a copy of the original signed TA but I could request it.

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2020, 10:32:01 AM »

If they had offered you a tenancy agreement with no previous condition like "subject to contract", then chances are you already have a binding contract. The problem you have is that you have no evidence of it. You're very optimistic in thinking they will provide you with a copy on request when they want you to act as if the previous one doesn't exist.
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