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A question on leases

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Zarathustra

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#1
My ex left me last month and I moved back into the block, she told me that she would be staying in the property and therefore she would be sorting out having my name taken off the lease/getting a new lease squared away. Apparently this hasn't happened as I've received a message from the letting agent saying the rent hadn't been paid. I called them to query this and was told that as far as they're concerned there have been no changes made to the lease and my name is still on it (it's a joint lease).

Am I right in thinking that I've dropped a bollock by trusting her to get this sorted (I've had other things going on so have been pre-occupied) and will remain responsible for the property until this is squared away?

Would there be any point in getting some free legal advice or should I chalk this one up to experience and try and get things sorted before the next months rent is due?
 
#2
I think you're stuck this month. Get your name off the lease yourself. if need be, get a lawyer to do the letter writing bit, just to make sure. Hand deliver if really parnoid...... Cough up YOUR share of the rent if that was the deal before the split. If not, ouch....
 
#3
Yes. You should have gone to the landlord and sorted it yourself. If it was in joint names, she couldn't just have your name taken off, just on her say so, in any case. You may find there is a notice period to give.
 
#4
I think you may have dropped a bollock mate. Get your name of the lease ASAP. Even if you have to stump up some cash. She may well stitch up further if you don't.
 
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Zarathustra

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#6
Is this something I could talk to the ALS about, or as I'm in the UK will I have to find a civvy lawyer?
 
#7
Spot on advice.
I oversee issuing/signing leases etc, as with any legal document unless you are dead any changes must be done by you.

1. Speak to the landlord, tell him you fucked up by trusting your ex, depending on his reaction dictates what you do next.
a, Speak to your ex.
b, Pay the outstanding but get your name off the lease.
c, Quick chat with the Citizens Advice.
d, Find a solicitor that does an initial consultation for free.
e, Shoot the cow, torch the premises, go into hiding.
 
#8
Be aware that if you sign a new lease on your own, make sure it's a continuation of the previous lease, with just your name on it. Otherwise they might try to get you to sign a new lease for 6/12 months, they might even be ********* and want to make you pay that £150 or so to do new credit checks to ensure that you can afford the rent on your own.
 
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Zarathustra

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#9
Be aware that if you sign a new lease on your own, make sure it's a continuation of the previous lease, with just your name on it. Otherwise they might try to get you to sign a new lease for 6/12 months, they might even be ********* and want to make you pay that £150 or so to do new credit checks to ensure that you can afford the rent on your own.
I've no intention of taking on the property, she told me she would stay there and that she could afford to pay the bills and rent.
 
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Zarathustra

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#12
I didn't get a letter just a voice mail message.

Yes her name is on the lease, luckily I squared the bills away so I don't need to worry about those.
 
#14
As long as her name is on the lease, she has to pay half of the rent by law. Same as the bills if her names on them.
That is all well and good. Until she does not pay her way. You then end up with a bad credit rating and the only one they go after, if she doesn't work.

Just to add, if she defaults on any credit and your name is on the lease, you feel the pain also.
 
#15
That is all well and good. Until she does not pay her way. You then end up with a bad credit rating and the only one they go after, if she doesn't work.
OP stated she said she could handle all bill n rent herself so i assume she works.

Ach no better advice than get yer name off the lease as your about to be taken for a ride.

Good luck man, hopefully no issues.
 
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Zarathustra

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#16
I've called the letting agent again, they're going to call me back tomorrow. I have the money to pay this months if it comes to it but I'm not keen on paying the full whack, especially as she still lives there.

I have no experience when it comes to lawyers or solicitors so it will be a learning experience, should I be looking for someone who specialises in property law?
 
#17
You should be looking to handle this your self.

You you do not want to pay for legal eagles. Draw a line in the sand, stump up for outstanding rent...........then run. Same for all utilities.
 
#18
I've called the letting agent again, they're going to call me back tomorrow. I have the money to pay this months if it comes to it but I'm not keen on paying the full whack, especially as she still lives there.

I have no experience when it comes to lawyers or solicitors so it will be a learning experience, should I be looking for someone who specialises in property law?
I think if you get hit with pay up then we can remove your name, i'd bite the bullet pay the full amount and get it sorted quick style, the longer it goes, the more bills your gonna have to keep paying for somewhere you ain't living.

It's shit you may have to come up with this months full amount but at least it will get it done n dusted.
 
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Zarathustra

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#19
I'm only looking for some free legal advice at the moment, so I know exactly where I stand from a legal stand point.

I'm waiting for her to get back to me with a reason why she hasn't paid the rent and why she hasn't starting the ball rolling with regards to changing the lease. She'll be getting a bill for her share of any money I have to pay.
 

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