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Rent Renewal Clauses - Must Be Plain and Inelligible

Landlords, please be aware that all rent renewal clauses by letting agents such as Foxtons and Chestertons must be in plain language.

In accordance with the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contract Regulations the law used by the OFT against Foxtons was that the standard rent renwal clauses were not in plain English and difficult to understand to the typical landlord client.

The criticism is briefly put below, in relation to rent renewal fee commissions from the Judgement in the OFT v Foxtons case.  The full judgement of the OFV v Foxtons on rent renewal fee claims can be accessed by clicking here Rent Renewal Fees and Foxtons Case

Extract from OFT v Foxtons Case

"At this stage, I shall merely set out an outline of the criticisms of the terms in order to provide a context for the identification and consideration of the relevant provisions of the UTCCR and its preceding Directive. The criticisms are:

i) Various provisions, and in particular clause 2.14, contain language that is not plain and intelligible, contrary to the obligations of the UTCCR."


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