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    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 3:19 PM
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    Can a EA let to someone else before you move in?
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:19 PM
    Can a EA let to someone else before you move in? 10th Nov 18 at 3:19 PM
    I viewed a place around 6 weeks ago and paid £200 reference fee. I passed the checks and the agent said I was scheduled to move in on 23rd of November and the deposit and one month rent must be paid before then for the keys are to be handed over. I said ok and asked for the bank details. I also got a copy of the agreement in my name. I've heard nothing else from the agent and I was going to pay the deposit and rent next week. So a week before due to move in.


    The house was taken off of the property website Zoopla but was left on the estate agents site and the To let sign has been on the house up until today. The signs been taken down and I'm a little worried that because I've not paid the deposit they may have let it to someone else.
    Is this possible? They are closed now until Monday to ask.
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    • Wanderingpomm
    • By Wanderingpomm 10th Nov 18, 3:25 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:25 PM
    I imagine they have taken them down because they have let it to you
    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 3:28 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:28 PM
    I imagine they have taken them down because they have let it to you
    Originally posted by Wanderingpomm

    Yeah but it's been up for 4 weeks after I had paid the ref fee still saying To Let. They didn't change it to Let By & now it's been taken down completely.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 10th Nov 18, 3:32 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:32 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:32 PM
    Probably been let to you - they may not instruct the board people immediately and they may not remove it immediately.

    Or yes, may have let to someone else - letting agents have few scrupels.

    Do you actually have a signed contract with a tenancy start date?
    Last edited by G_M; 10-11-2018 at 3:46 PM.
    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 3:41 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:41 PM
    Probably been let to you - they may not instruct the board people immediately and they may not remove it immediately.


    Or yes, may have let to someone else - leting agents have few scrupals.


    Do you actually have a signed contract with a tenancy start date?
    Originally posted by G_M

    All I have is an email with the tenancy agreement. The email says please find attached the tenancy agreement you will be signing.


    The agreement is in my name & says:
    This agreement is made the 23rd day of November 2018

    The first payment of £595 being due on 23rd November 2018 or prior to the date of taking possession.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 10th Nov 18, 3:42 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:42 PM
    The house was taken off of the property website Zoopla but was left on the estate agents site and the To let sign has been on the house up until today. The signs been taken down and I'm a little worried that because I've not paid the deposit they may have let it to someone else.
    Is this possible? They are closed now until Monday to ask.
    Originally posted by bflare

    Have they asked for it numerous times, have you been in communication with them after the viewing?

    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 10th Nov 18, 3:44 PM
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    Why not just ring them and ask?
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 3:48 PM
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    Have they asked for it numerous times, have you been in communication with them after the viewing?
    Originally posted by sevenhills

    They have not asked for anything as of yet. The last time I communicated with them was to ask for a copy of the tenancy agreement on 17th October. The previous emails went like this:


    Hi Mr xxxxxx

    The bond and rent will need to be paid into our bank and will need to be cleared through our banking system in order to had over the keys on the 23rd November.


    Our bank details are as follows: xxxxxx

    .................................................. ......................................

    Good afternoon.

    We can confirm that your references have come back acceptable for tenancy of xxxxxx and that we have arranged for you to sign up for the property on Friday, 23rd November 2018.

    We will need a bond of £xxx and the first months rent of £xxx in cleared funds by this date in order for us to hand the keys over to you.

    Kind regards
    .................................................. ........................................
    • diggingdude
    • By diggingdude 10th Nov 18, 3:49 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 3:49 PM
    Surely posting here is the least helpful thing you could do to get an answer? Letting agents work saturdays.........
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    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 3:53 PM
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    Surely posting here is the least helpful thing you could do to get an answer? Letting agents work saturdays.........
    Originally posted by diggingdude

    As I said in my post the agent is shut or I would have phoned them up. They shut at 1pm on a Saturday.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 10th Nov 18, 4:04 PM
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    Why not just ring them and ask?
    Originally posted by McKneff
    OP said:
    They are closed now until Monday to ask.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 10th Nov 18, 4:15 PM
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    They have not asked for anything as of yet. The last time I communicated with them was to ask for a copy of the tenancy agreement on 17th October. The previous emails went like this:

    Hi Mr xxxxxx

    The bond and rent will need to be paid into our bank and will need to be cleared through our banking system in order to had over the keys on the 23rd November.

    Our bank details are as follows: xxxxxx

    .................................................. ......................................

    Good afternoon.

    We can confirm that your references have come back acceptable for tenancy of xxxxxx and that we have arranged for you to sign up for the property on Friday, 23rd November 2018.

    We will need a bond of £xxx and the first months rent of £xxx in cleared funds by this date in order for us to hand the keys over to you.

    Kind regards
    .................................................. ........................................
    Originally posted by bflare
    It does sound very much as if the place is definitely yours - but you've had the contract for nearly three weeks, and not yet signed/returned it? You're now less than two weeks before you're expecting to move in. I'd be getting that done.

    Until it is all signed, there is no contract in place. The landlord could, perfectly legally, pull out. As could you.
    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 4:22 PM
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    It does sound very much as if the place is definitely yours - but you've had the contract for nearly three weeks, and not yet signed/returned it? You're now less than two weeks before you're expecting to move in. I'd be getting that done.

    Until it is all signed, there is no contract in place. The landlord could, perfectly legally, pull out. As could you.
    Originally posted by AdrianC

    Yeah the wording in the emails do does suggest that it is mine. I only asked for a copy of the agreement to check something. I do not think they expected me to ask to look at it until the signing up date. But, I agree I think it's best if I sign it asap. I have sent an email to the agent just to ask if everything is still on track.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 10th Nov 18, 4:38 PM
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    You signing does not make it binding.


    You need to get it signed by the landlord/agent! And I suspect they will want the deposit/advance rent paid at the same time. But once that is done, the landlord is legally commited to you.
    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 4:43 PM
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    You signing does not make it binding.


    You need to get it signed by the landlord/agent! And I suspect they will want the deposit/advance rent paid at the same time. But once that is done, the landlord is legally commited to you.
    Originally posted by G_M

    That's why I have not contacted them because the agent worded the email as:


    we have arranged for you to sign up for the property on Friday, 23rd November 2018.


    We will need a bond of £xxx and the first months rent of £xxx in cleared funds by this date in order for us to hand the keys over to you.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 10th Nov 18, 5:25 PM
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    The fact that they have made an arrangement for 23rd does not mean you cannot re-arrange for earlier!


    And in your position I would want a contract in place well before I moved in to remove the insecurity.....
    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 5:28 PM
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    The fact that they have made an arrangement for 23rd does not mean you cannot re-arrange for earlier!


    And in your position I would want a contract in place well before I moved in to remove the insecurity.....
    Originally posted by G_M

    Good advice. Thank you.
    • gamemodapk
    • By gamemodapk 10th Nov 18, 6:10 PM
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    I envision they have brought them down on the grounds that they have let it to you
    • bflare
    • By bflare 10th Nov 18, 6:24 PM
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    I envision they have brought them down on the grounds that they have let it to you
    Originally posted by gamemodapk

    I think your right. Maybe the landlady asked for the sign taking down? I did ask why they had taken the advert off from Zoopla a few days after I applied & gave them the reference money & the lady said because the property is yours.
    • Slithery
    • By Slithery 10th Nov 18, 6:54 PM
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    Signs won't get taken down the minute a request is made for it to be done.

    The person that drives round dealing with the signs will wait until they have a few in one area before heading out to be more cost effective.
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