I have stumbled on your site by accident and hope someone can point me in the right direction or help as I dont know where to seek advice, this is my situation:
I am a tenant having one room in a small business premises and have enjoyed a good relationship with the Landlord (a large nationwide firm) until now.
My lease ended three and a half years ago and I have continued staying there using it more as a postal address having to be at home more. I fully paid any monies due and stayed on thinking they would contact me regarding a renewed lease. I have not heard at all from them since, I do not have a renewed lease, no demands for money etc have been made by them, just silence, I admit I have not chased them. (note landlord/tenant act 1954 - I have sections 24-28 inc. excluded in lease).
Out of the blue I have been asked to vacate in 30 days time, I can accept this, it will be a nightmare to move my things in that time but I have do it. A few days later I have schedule of dilapidations & wants of repair relating to the expired lease, some of the requests are unreasonable bearing in mind the time. Some defects relate to the main structure which they now admit suffers from settlement and I feel is outside my responsibilites. I am prepared to clean/paint etc, however I do not accept paying the surveyors huge bill for preparing this especially when I would put wear and tear right and I didnt even know this was being prepared.
My biggest concern however, is the possible rent and services charges they may inflict on me in the three and a half years without a lease, particularly as I only used the room in the last 4 years as storage with little or no utility use being made, however the other offices have all stepped up their staff and I could end up paying an unfair proportion of their increased use of services etc.
Some people say no contract no payment, others say maybe a proportion and yet more say the original lease stays in place, I am confused, can someone advise on my rights or obligations please?
sorry if its rambling and long, many thanks in anticipation