I live with two other people in a house share in the UK.
One is moving out, and the estate agent who handles the contract wants to charge us £300 for the pleasure of changing a name. We think this is far too much.
Our landlord thinks it may be because they are writing a new contract instead of modifying the existing one. We think it's a junk fee and they're trying to milk as much money from us as possible.
What recourse do we have to fight this? We have contacted the landlord and estate agent, we expect the EA will fob us off and tell us it's a set fee that can't be changed, repeat ad infinitum.
Our landlord suggested asking the EA to break down exactly how they arrive at the figure. Perhaps if they can't justify their fee we will have some leverage? We want to stay in the house.