A week or so ago I received an email from the estate agent stating 'your tenancy will expire on 7th July 2012. If you wish to stay on in the property the landlord may be willing subject to a rent increase to be discussed and signing of a new tenancy agreement, the cost of which will be £110.'
There was a S21 notice attached which seems from everything I know to be valid, 7th July 2012 is more than 2 months away and that is the last day of a rental period according to my tenancy agreement. My original tenancy was a 1 year AST at a rent of £1400 per month which expired on 7th January 2012 and I have been on a statutory periodic tenancy since then.
I emailed the estate agent and said that I would have liked to stay on but did not want to sign a new tenancy agreement as I felt I would be paying £110 for nothing. As such I would give vacant possession on 7th July 2012 and return the keys on that date.
The estate agent replied today stating that he had discussed with the landlord and the landlord is happy for me to stay on in the statutory periodic tenancy without signing a new tenancy agreement, and that he would leave the rent as it is for now.
But my confusion is - what will my status be after 7th July 2012? Notwithstanding that the landlord says he has changed his mind and wants me to stay, I have still been served with a valid S21 notice so as I understand it he could apply for a court order any time he wants after that and without any great notice, so that I would be forever wondering if he was going to change his mind again and turf me out...
Is that correct that he would be in a position to turf me out without needing to give a further two months notice from changing his mind? I'm really confused about this area. If it is, I will ignore his change of heart and give my *own* notice that I am intending to move out on 7th July 2012.