Landlord Wants 6 Months' Rent In Advance? Here's What to Do
When your landlord wants 6 months rent in advance, your first response will likely be a shock. Six months worth of rent is not a small amount, no matter what the price of the house or flat may be. When your landlord pulls something like this or exhibits other dodgy behaviour, you may feel that you have nowhere to turn. But that's not true. With DoNotPay's Landlord Protection product, you will find the tools you need to fight for your rights as a renter in the UK.
Do Landlord-Tenant Laws in the UK Prevent This?
While you do have laws to protect you, It’s always better to understand them appropriately DoNotPay can guide you to understand all about tenant's rights in the UK.
What Protections Do I Actually Have?
As a renter in the UK, you have certain protections that ensure you are not unduly taken advantage of. As a renter, you are entitled to:
- Full disclosure regarding who your landlord is
- Your deposit returned when your tenancy ends
- A safe home kept in good repair by your landlord
- Protected from unfair eviction
- Protected from excessive rent increases
There are limits to these protections, however.
Do Protections Address Advance Rent?
You may be surprised to learn that there are no protections in place to prevent your landlord from asking for 6 months' rent in advance. In 2019, the government brought in new rules in England, which banned most upfront fees for tenants and introduced a cap on deposits. But there is no legal limit on how many months' rent can be asked for in advance. (BBC)
This means that your landlord is technically within their rights to ask for whatever amount of advance rent they please. But that doesn't mean you are without options. DoNotPay is here to help you protest and fight excessive charges.
How to Make a Complaint Against a Landlord
While a landlord may charge as many months of advance rent as they desire, it's illegal for them to disguise other fees as advance rent. If you suspect something questionable is going on, or if your landlord is requesting an excessively high amount of rent in advance, you can always make a complaint against your landlord. You have several options to make complaints:
|Complain directly to the landlord||Let your landlord know that you are not happy and that if you cannot come to a reasonable solution together, you will escalate your complaint. Sometimes this is enough to get a landlord to back down.
Your local council can step in if you're facing discrimination, harassment, or other types of poor treatment. Rising to this level gives you an advocate and may bring about a solution while sparing you further expense.
|Complain to the local council||Though this may prove stressful, sometimes court action is the only way to force landlords to do the right thing.|
|Take court action||Of course, you can always turn to DoNotPay. We have easy-to-use and effective products that can help solve this problem.|
Deal with a Landlord's Excessive Rent Requests With DoNotPay
If your landlord announces they want 6 months' rent in advance, you may think your only options are to take it or leave it. But with DoNotPay on your side, you can always dispute these charges. We can help contest matters related to
- Security deposits
- Roommate disputes
- Breaking your lease
If you want to dispute advance rent charges with your landlord in the UK but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 easy steps:
- Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select which issue applies to you.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.
And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.
DoNotPay Can Handle It
Whatever is going on between you and your landlord, DoNotPay can handle it. We have collected information and created products to help you deal with just about anything.
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