How can I prove a verbal agreement?
Question from Rita updated on 8th October 2009:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
Tenants are required to give a minimum of 21 days’ notice in writing to terminate a periodic tenancy, unless both landlord and tenant agree on a different arrangement. A verbal agreement is still an agreement, but it can be difficult to prove.
You could reply to the landlord’s letter with a letter to remind her that you both agreed verbally on two weeks notice, and explaining the other arrangements you’ve made in the meantime based on that agreement. If you and your landlord are unable to reach an agreement over what notice period you are required to give, you can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to resolve the matter.
To discuss your situation further, or for advice and information about applying to the Tenancy Tribunal, you can contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262).
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