Originally Posted by davo2001
A colleague has been renting for the past 18 months in the same house (not owner occupied). He was thinking about looking for another place, asked the landlord for a reference (nothing about leaving, just a reference) and the landlord then emailed him backing saying he has 30 days to leave.
I have two questions.
1. I assume since he is there 18 months he has to give at least 42 days notice since he has part 4 tenency rights?
2. The landlord emailing him to leave cannot be considered an official notice? (does it have to be in writing?).
LL of course is not registered AFAIK.
So, your friend is leaving anyway, the time limit may suit them, but while the notice is not correct, he should inform the landlord of this to correct it, if he wants a reference Id keep it civil, but a reference is not something a landlord is obliged to give, other than for goodwill, goodwill both ways goes a long way.
You also say (of course) LL is not registered, but then you say (AFAIK) so its Anecdotal, you dont actually know if they are registered, you aren't the tenant.
If your friend is happy to leave and wants a reference, Id raise the problems he has with the landlord directly and make it obvious without being uncivil that he knows his entitlements, but that he is planning on leaving and would like a reference.
Either way a reference isnt an obligation.