Fixed term confusion

Dwi asks:
(updated on Monday, April 09th 2018)

I applied to rent a place back earlier this year. On my application I wrote down a six months fixed term for a certain date. But when the tenancy agreement came back the dates covered by the fixed term period cover seven months. I didn't pick it up before and just realized it last week. So I emailed the property manager who said that my tenancy is fixed for those dates, even though I emailed her my application form for six months.

I do understand that this is partly my fault because I didn't check the tenancy agreement carefully. But I feel misled by the tenancy agreement. The property manager has clarified that I am signed up for seven months. Her reason is that it is common for them to have tenancies up for renewal at that time as it is a good rental cycle. My question is - can I ask her to amend our tenancy agreement ? I just want to know where I stand in this case.




Our Experts Answer:

The best advice anybody can give you is to read the tenancy agreement before you sign it. I can understand a property manager wanting to have tenancies ending at a particular time of the year to help spread out the workload of many tenancies ending at once. However, I would be surprised if this was not discussed at the time you signed the agreement.

If this is a genuine misunderstanding you should ask the property manager whether a six-month term can be agreed. It depends, however, upon the other party’s agreement. At this stage you are committed to seven months, the term specified when you signed the agreement.

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