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    • Lvl_chg
    • By Lvl_chg 14th May 18, 10:30 AM
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    Extending notice period - mutually beneficial
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    • 14th May 18, 10:30 AM
    Extending notice period - mutually beneficial 14th May 18 at 10:30 AM
    Cutting a long story short:

    We are renting and my landlord said she was selling up. We negotiated to buy the house to what we thought it was worth but landlord declined so it went on to the open market and she served our two months notice. She did however say this may be flexible.

    We've since bought our own place but are still in the early stages with the solicitors and have no estimate on exchange yet. It won't however be before the end of our tenancy here.

    We've allowed access to the property whenever they've wanted. However, with minimal viewings the landlord is struggling to sell this property. She has said it shouldn't be a problem for us to go past our notice period whilst awaiting to move.

    My query is, I genuinely feel I am entitled to a discount on the monthly rent during this (hopefully) short period. I will still be paying the council tax etc whilst I reside here and she would be getting SOME rent, rather than none and be eligible for the council tax whilst the property sits empty.

    I know this will rile some people but I've come to learn the housing market is cut throat. There's no loyalty and people do what is best for them. Well a discount is what is best for me. She would be cutting off her nose to spite her face otherwise.

    Let me know what you feel. I'm thick skinned
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    • Bass_9
    • By Bass_9 16th May 18, 5:20 PM
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    At no point have I disliked peoples replies. I'm playing devils advocate.

    I reckon I'm "worth" a 25% discount
    Originally posted by Lvl_chg
    Well many thanks for all the replies. It is obvious those of you which are landlords that have a chip on your shoulder, for some reason or another, and those of you that are landlords that take a more sensible approach at things.

    Thankfully my landlord is the later. We've agreed that a monthly rolling agreement works best for us both. With my full cooperation when it comes to viewings (which I have done already) I will get a 25% discount during this time.

    I have to say it has somewhat shocked be at the attitude of some landlords on this thread. I understand that some tenants can be difficult, can wreck the place however this is not always the case. For many tenants (and more and more going forward. In the generation of renters) this is their home! Not all tenants live in their own mess, whilst not cleaning the windows, mowing the lawn etc as they want to enjoy where they live.

    I'm thankful to my landlord (as they are thankful to me) for agreeing you a mutually beneficial agreement in what we both hope to be a short term agreement.

    I hope that many others (both landlords and tenants) in this unfortunate transition period are as lucky as I am.
    Originally posted by Lvl_chg
    I'm not landlord but nevertheless I think you've been lucky. Some wouldn't entertain it and would much prefer a vacant house to sell.

    Glad to hear you've managed to reach an agreement you're both happy about.
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 17th May 18, 11:06 AM
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    Not a landlord either. Just bought/sold a lot of houses and after 10,487 posts mainly on these boards, can confidently say many won't buy a tenanted house. Agree with Bass_9, you've been lucky to get a discount.
    2019 wins: Still waiting...
    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 17th May 18, 11:43 AM
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    I don't understand why you are cutting off your nose to spite your face and not making a lower offer on the house which presumably you liked enough to make a full priced offer on before?
    (Unless of course the new one you may buy* is much better)

    * "many a slip between cup and lip"
    • Lvl_chg
    • By Lvl_chg 17th May 18, 12:15 PM
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    We initially did want to buy yes. However when our offers weren't accepted and no negotiations took place we looked elsewhere.

    Thank God we did as we found somewhere we actually preferred and was not pushing the top end of our price range.
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