Having found and signed a 12 month lease on a lovely house last month with a view to moving in in 2 weeks time, my wife was looking on the internet for the postcode and finds an advert showing it is for sale! Surely a mistake? We rang the estate agent who told us not to worry, they were just doing some market testing. Of course, alarm bells start to ring so we decide after seeing that there are further viewings to go ourselves as potential "buyers" and expressed interest and asked how quickly would we be able to move in should we decide to proceed? "No problem at all " we were told, "as the property is empty you can move straight in"!! So, it seems these people have no morals whatsoever to both us as tenants and some poor family that would buy the house without knowing that they would have tenants for 12 months!
1. I am sure we are within the rights of the tenancy agreement to cancel as they have not given us formal notice that they intend to sell but as they have already demonstrated such low morals could they attempt to keep our bond?
2. We paid a deposit of the best part of 900 dollars, are we entitled to it back?
3. Has anyone else experienced this type of practice with estate agents before and if so what was the outcome?
4. Assuming they get a sale they must have some plan in place to get us out, does anyone know what stunts they would pull in order to get us out?
It would be the easiest option to move in but we don't want to have the constant worry that we could be forced out by fair means or foul. We also have to leave our current house in 2 weeks time so as you can imagine a bit of a dillemma!