Cheers skiprat I've just re-read your previous post - I'll get in touch with the landlord and try to sort it out that way.
Tenancy renewal fee
As other have said i've also had this recently.
I share a house with 2 other guys and one moved out, so we get a new tenant in. This meant a new AST had to be drafted (just a name change) now we expected reference fees of £65, and that wad fine, but when the agent said we'd have to pay £350 to get the name change we hit the roof.
Anyway, long and short is that the agents changed there T&Cs so if 1 tenant moves out of a joint tenancy you'll have to pay that.
The chap moving out just paid it all (so I wasn't that bothered), but it's a joke!
As for if the same 3 people were renewing i'm not sure if we'd had incurred a fee.
Just ignore the letting agents. They can't actually do anything. I refused to pay for renewal and refused to sign the contract for 6 months - this prompted my landlord to drop the LA and now lets privately so he's also better off. We're all winners.
From what I understand, the notice can only be served once we're on the periodic tenancy and so we'll have at least 2 months here after the end of our current 12 months.
You may have had the section 21 notice served just after you moved in or when you signed the original contract, effectively meaning you've had notice to leave on the date it ends already. Not uncommon (google "sword of damocles section 21")
However they'd still actually have to evict you, which is another matter (but would be within their rights to do so).
IIRC if you enter into negotiations about extending that invalidate the notice though, but I'm not sure what's required exactly to meet this requirement...
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