Hope you don't mind a tenant asking for advice on this situation!
I am in a joint AST agreement with a clause that I can replace myself on the tenancy. Property managed by an agency.
Having found a suitable replacement, the reference checks etc were completed but the agents failed to get the contract to the new tenant in time for the agreed date. I had already moved so handed the keys to the new tenant on agreed date as agents assured me the new AST would be sent that day.
3 weeks later and I have discovered that the new agreement has not been signed so the joint AST with my name on is still in place. New tentant has paid rent though since moving in and paid me my share or the deposit.
Where do I stand?
a) Does my joint tenancy stll stand - rendering me liable for rent etc and breaching terms by effectively subletting
b) Has the new tenant and landlord entered a contract due to rent being paid and accepted
c) are the agents at all liable for failing to manage the situation and not informing me that the agreement has not been signed
To further complicate things, I have noticed a number of errors on the agreement I signed, such as the wrong property address and conflicting terms around break clauses, so wonder if this renders the contract invalid?
Grateful for any advice as it is a complete mess.