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« on: December 07, 2021, 05:11:16 PM »

Good Afternoon - After a little bit of help if possible.  My daughter and her 4 house mates have just been notified that they will be taken to small claims court over non payment of admin fees relating to the second year in their private rented uni house if not paid within the next week. The fee works out to a total of 1020 (just over 200 each!!) They originally paid this fee along with their holding deposit and first months rent when they took the first years tenancy and had signed what they mistakenly thought was the contract for that year.  However now it comes to light that the wording on that document advised and I quote " a 170 plus vat for drafting a legal document or extension contract., administration charges and for providing a helpline through each tenancy."  In a nutshell they are able t charge for any subsequent rental of that property.  Obviously this was not made clear to them at the time and was not mentioned again after signing their second contract.

Obviously since then we had had a change in the law, but the agency are saying that as the first contract was signed in 2019 and included this wording that the girls are liable to pay the fee. 

Is this correct ?

Sorry for long winded explanation just finding it hard to believe the girls have been duped in this way and kicking myself for assuming the fee would not be charged after the law change.  Have spoken to Citizens Advise but they cannot seem to be clear on where we stand.

Any help greatly appreciated
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2021, 05:48:57 PM »

So they're trying to claim x for renewing the contract ... but the basis of their claim is that the original contract still stands? I dare say others with more legal knowledge will be along shortly but to me that sounds pretty weak (and other words...)

What form did the contract extension take? Was anything actually signed, and were fees made clear at that point?
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2021, 08:30:14 PM »

When exactly were the original contract signed? When was the second (1 year fixed term?) contract signed, and when did that second fixed term tenancy start?
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