Wednesday 31 December 2008 1.57pm
(I think) that if your lease comes to an end, you're now on a statutory continuing tenancy (or words similar to that, I'm sorry I can't remember the actual words). There's a specified notice period (I think it's 1 month, but again, sorry, I can't remember) and unless that's different to your current notice period, you have pretty much the same rights as before.
I imagine (if your agents are like ours) that they've gone quiet because rents are falling, and they want to keep the tenancy going at the old rates, or to wait until rates are going up and then negotiate a new contract with a rent increase).
You'll need to decide whether now's a good time for you to press for a contract at today's rates and fix your outgoings for another year, or whether to keep on at the current level.
I'd like to hear how you get on, as we're considering the same issue at the moment.
Update: it's a "statutory periodic tenancy". See below, from this site: http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/index.htm
" Residential tenancies are now in the main Assured Shorthold Tenancies where there is an initial fixed-term of say, 6 months or 12 months, followed either by a new agreement for another fixed-term, or in its absence a Statutory Periodic Tenancy.
A periodic tenancy automatically follows the fixed-term if the parties do nothing (i.e. they do not sign another agreement) and the tenancy will be on the same basis as the original agreement, with all the same clauses and conditions being operative.
The period of the tenancy will depend upon the rent payment schedule: if the rent was paid monthly under the original fixed term, this will become a monthly periodic tenancy, or a weekly periodic tenancy if this was the payment schedule."
Hope that helps. Good luck
...if you press it, they will come.