I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. Myself and my partner signed a six month contract in August last with an estate agent in England. When the contract ended in February this year the estate agent wanted us to sign a new contract and charge £140 but we spoke to the landlord directly and he agreed that we could have a rolling contract which is what we both wanted. So the old contract expired and we had a verbal agreement to go month by month.
We have decided to now leave this house and go to a new one with a different estate agent. We gave just over a months notice however this is where the landlord and estate agent started getting very iffy. First the landlord has tried demanding we give two months notice even though our new estate agent has advised us there is nothing legally keeping us to this house for another month and paying an addition months rent.
When my partner has spoken to the estate agent they have tried to wash their hands of it and say no we have to pay the full two months’ rent and stay the two months’ notice, despite our contract being well expired.
At this point we must be legally in the right? Is there anything we can say to them or any governing bodies we can advise them we will approach if they keep up this stance of two months? Also the house is in sound condition but I'm concerned that with the attitude they have they might try and swindle our deposit somehow which we are waiting to get back once we move out.
Any thoughts or advice is appreciated.