I was a letting agent for years until a couple of years ago and did my arla 1 - however my friends have just rented a 2 bed flat above a shop which is being converted into a gallery therefore the flat was refurbished before tthey moved in too. The flat comes with a large garden, garage at the bottom of the garden and their own private parking space. The letting agent confirmed that they had the garden, the garage and parking space but when they moved in the landlord (who manages the property) mentioned she would like to put some sculptures in the garden and bearing in mind her doors go onto the initial patio be able to use some of the garden during business hours.
My friend agreed to this, although nothing was ever put in her tenancy agreement to exclude any of the garden etc, but now the landlord has stated that the tenants can have half of the garden - which is the bottom half (excluding the top patio) and that she will be using the parking space exclusively.
They are understandably upset about this, I've said the landlord doesn't have a leg to stand on as the AST is standard, no clauses or reference to the actual property other than the address, there was also no inventory done on the property or check in when they moved in!
Could people let me know their views on this and if I'm in the right in advising them to argue their point across, they are paying a premium price now for half a garden, no parking and a 2 bed flat above a shop!