Can My Tenant End A Tenancy Agreement Early?

So, your tenant wants to vacate your property earlier than the dates agreed in the Tenancy Agreement – what are your rights?

Can the tenant leave during the tenancy?

If both parties agree
If both landlord and tenant agree to terminate the tenancy early, then that’s perfectly legal and valid. This is known as ‘Surrender’. There are two ways to surrender a tenancy.

  • Surrender by Operation of the Law – this is when the tenant gives up their occupation of the property to the landlord and the landlord accepting this. This usually involves the tenant handing over the property’s keys to the landlord accepting that the agreement is over and that they now have possession.
  • Declaration of Surrender – this is when the tenant signs a Surrender of Tenancy Letter. This written document then acts as proof that the tenant has given up possession of the property to the landlord.

Ending a fixed term tenancy
If the tenant is in the middle of a fixed term, they can only terminate the tenancy early if the landlord agrees, or if there is a “break clause” in the Tenancy Agreement.

If the agreement does not mention a break clause and the landlord refuses to accept the early termination, then the tenant will be contractually obliged to pay you the rent for the entire length of the fixed term.

Ending a periodic agreement
If the tenancy has lapsed into a Periodic Tenancy (rolling from week to week or month to month), a tenant will typically have to give at least one rental period of notice. So, if the tenant pays rent weekly and the tenancy is periodic, they only need to provide one week notice. If they pay monthly, they will need to provide one month notice.

A tenant can end a periodic tenancy be issuing a valid notice to quit to the landlord. Once the notice expires then the tenant’s agreement will have ended.

What are the landlords’ options?
  • Continue to enforce payments from the tenant, as the tenant is liable until the tenancy is legally terminated
  • The tenant can provide a new tenant BUT the tenant has to be acceptable to you, the landlord. Until that time the tenant is completely liable
  • The landlord may choose to break the tenancy by suggesting that a financial settlement be made i.e. if they owe 7 months – you will settle for 4 months
  • The landlord can find a new tenant, and hold the tenant liable for the costs of finding the tenant (advertising, agency fees etc).
  • If at any point the landlord approves the actions of the tenant vacating early, then they can legally stop paying the rent.

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Rachel 9th September, 2012 @ 13:05

To norwich landlord: My flatmate collected the keys in July and she just told me that the landlord has a tendency to smell damp. However, none of us were informed of this before the contract was signed and I just found out about this now....

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HerrSchmidt 9th September, 2012 @ 16:26

I moved into a new flat recently, and it is not until yesterday I have realized that the flat is an absolute pigsty. A few maggots have been found, mould in the bathroom, a VERY musty damp smell everywhere, etc. - and other "petty" problems like a clogged sink and a dirty flat before moving in. The flat was occupied by the landlord's family. The landlord seems unwilling in letting us move, or find a replacement. I still don't know what to do...

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rachel 16th September, 2012 @ 21:19

Really need help
I moved into my poperty end of april and i could not move into the property for the first 2 weeks as the cooker was leaking gas and it was condemmed by national grid i had to wait until landlord fitted a new cooker before i could move in i signed tenancy agreement with a letting agents but on the tenancy agreement there is a different letting agent i pay my rent to a man that claims he is agent for landlord but he never gives me the landlords name i have sent numorous emails and have had no feed back i need to get intouch with my landlord as i wamt 2 weeks rent back at the start of the tenancy where i couldnt move in i paid a deposit and as far as i know he has not put it into a deposit scheme either i need to know if there is any chance i can end this tenancy and get my deposit back ?

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eileen 3rd October, 2012 @ 19:09

hi,
really need help..
just wanted to ask would it be possible to get out in a 6 months contract before the first month ends. just moved in on Monday but then realization comes that being in that place is quite hard as it is in the middle of nowhere really no mobile phones signal.

thanks for helping.

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WayneT 4th October, 2012 @ 08:28

Rachel,

Write to the agent detailed on the tenancy agreement as the manging agent and request the landlords address - they are obligated to provide this to you.

If the landlord is using a managing agent, the first thing you should do is write to them making a complaint explaining the cooker issue at the start of the tenancy and request the two weeks rent back. Also request a copy of their internal complaints process. This should be followed prior to making an ombudsman complaint (if they are part of the property ombudsman).

Regarding the deposit - you should receive a deposit protection certificate within 30 days of you paying this deposit to the agent. If you do not receive this, request it. If its not forthcoming or the date of registration is over 30 days from the date you paid it, then make a small claim against the landlord (claim form found on the HM Courts website) - the court has to make an award in your favour, for the deposit and up to 3 x the deposit amount.

You will not be able to terminate the tenancy legally based on these reasons alone.

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WayneT 4th October, 2012 @ 08:40

Eileen,

You will only be able to end the agreement early if the landlord agrees to it. If he does agree to it, this would likely involve you paying X amount of rent, and the costs of re letting the property.

Try to get the amount of rent you offer to end the agreement as a fixed amount rather then until the end of the tenancy or when the property gets re let which ever comes first.

We live and learn but for any future property you rent, it may be worth googling the local area (there are other search engines) to see transport links, shops, supermarkets, schools etc etc

Good luck

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Amanda 19th November, 2012 @ 21:20

Hi can anyone with any knowledge of early re-let out of my fixed term tenancy help? I have paid the fee to my letting agents for them to re-let the property I was in as I have moved in with my partner. The letting agent assured me it would be re-let very quickly as great area etc however it has now been a month and despite numerous viewings everyone is put off by a damp problem in the house. I have asked for this to be sorted before by the landlord but it never has been and this is still the case. Is there anyway I can get out of my tenancy even if they dont find anyone else for reasons that it is not my fault it can not be re-let? (I am stuck in contract till April 2013 and still have to pay my rent every month as well as new rent) Thanks

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DenTom 8th January, 2013 @ 18:54

Hi. Please can someone help me if they can.

I am 7 months into a fixed term tenancy. My partner has left me so I can no longer afford to pay the rent, bills, travel, food etc on my own so I need to end the tenancy early.

The estate agent has confirmed I can end it and referred me to my contract which says about leaving early "In the event that both
parties agree to vary this clause rent will be due up until the end of this agreement or when the Landlord or a new Tenant
takes possession of the said property. In addition the Tenant will reimburse the Landlord the letting commission (10% of
the rent + vat) from the date of early termination until the date that this contract was originally to expire." I have agreed to this as I can just about to afford the rent by myself as I am moving back to my parents and they will lend me the leaving fees.

However, the agency is now saying I am responsible for ALL bills until they find new tenants. This is not mentioned in the contract nor during any phone/email conversations I have had with them until now. Of course I was planning on leaving with all the bills paid up to date but don't see why I should pay bills when I will not be there.

I contacted a legal helpline who advised if it is not detailed in the get-out clause that I have to pay bills, or "rent" is not defined as "including bills" then they cannot charge me for them. I have relayed this to the agency but they are not budging.

They have a large deposit of mine, I am agreeing to pay fees on top of this, I am agreeing to pay the rent until they get a new tenant, I cannot afford bills aswell with one wage.

They said they will not start the procedure of letting me leave early until I have confirmed in writing I will pay the bills.

Where can I go from here!? (Sorry for the long post)

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Jeremy 8th January, 2013 @ 23:52

Hello DenTom,

The legal helpline you have rung is right. You are not legally oblidged under the terms of the tenancy the bills which are not part of the rent.

However, you need to get the landlord to agree to vary the term of the contract. If there's no mutual agreement, you're legally bound to the full term.

I think it's outrageous that you will be open-endedly responsible for bills after you leave. They should either cost nearly nothing because the flat is empty, in whihc case why is the landlord bothered. Or the landlord is going to run the heating full for ages and charge you.

As time is ticking, in your position I would:
- WRITE to the agent to say how they hold all the ace cards (time is ticking and they won't budge);
- You understand their negotiation position;
- You want them to proceed.

In this way you have not expresly accepted their unfair terms, you have left them to infer your acceptance.

Come the day of your moving out, point out this brings the tenancy to a close. In line with the deposit rules, they have x days to submit any final deductions from the deposit or return it IN FULL. I.e., they can't make a deduction yet for the utilities because the amount is not known. You promise to send them a cheque for the cost of the utilities.

If they won't return the deposit then you threaten to take them to the scheme administrator / Property Ombudsman or Court.

When they realise they are on sticky ground they'll return the deposit. When they give you the utility bill, tell them where they can go.

Hope this helps. Please let us know how you get on.

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Jade 29th January, 2013 @ 13:55

I need advice.

I have a 12 month contract and i want to move property and i still have 6 months on my contract left. No where in my contract states how much notice i need to give before but the letting agency said i need to give 2 months! Legally are they allowed to do that because to me the seems to be an unfair contract the only thing it states is the landlord can give 2 months notice.

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Darren 9th February, 2013 @ 01:17

HI,

Me and my girlfriend are currently renting a property on a 12 month contract but now 5 months in she has had her hours cut in work and we cannot afford to stay here anymore.

I contacted the landlord explaining this and that we couldnt afford it anymore but now he wants to meet me to discuss things like, losing the deposit (which im not bothered about) paying a months rent in advance...is this normal? and also cleaning costs. The house is spotless and we would be leaving it that way so does he have the right to charge us cleaning costs?

thanks

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keira 19th February, 2013 @ 17:29

I signed a 12 month tenancy agreement in August 2012 but have had trouble with the house ever since. I have raised my concerns on numerous occasions to my landlord but they still haven't done anything about it. The worst is the damp and I have a one year old and he's had 3 colds and 2 chest infections since having this house. I am currently staying at my nanna' s house as my house is too bad for us both. Is there a get out clause so I can give the house up because my son's health is what matters here? Thanks!

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Preetha 11th March, 2013 @ 10:00

Hi,
This query is in regards to my friend who shifted into a property when she was nine months pregnant along with her husband, she noticed the day she got the keys to the house that there mould in both the bedrooms, in fact one bedroom has wall paper pasted on the mould to hide it and the second had half the wall papers ripped, the land lord informed that he was going to fix the entire room and clear it up and that he was unable to do so as they shifted in early. They had shifted into the property on the 8th Feb and the baby was born on the 15th, health workers who came to see the baby said it was unfit as it was cause the baby breathing issues hence they all sleep in the lounge on sofa's as both bedrooms are covered with mould. The Landlord was contacted from day both telephonic-ally and via email thru the agency and directly. Absolutely nothing has been done I would like to end the tenancy as its both the baby's health and the mothers that is exposed to this horrible mould. There is no question of the maintenance as it was present from day one. I'm just concerned that my friend might have issues getting her deposit back. Can please please advice.

Kind Regards
Preetha

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Alex 4th April, 2013 @ 16:13

Hi,

I moved into a property and paid 6 months rent and a deposit (£450x6 + £550). After 1 month I was offered a job abroad and gave notice on the property. The agent told me that I am liable for the rent until a new tenant can be found, which is understandable and not a problem. The agent has now found a new tenant who will move in on 23rd of the month (exactly 2 months after we signed the 6 month agreement). The agent says that she will return our deposit after 10 days, but that she will only return our advance rent £450 per month over 4 months and not in a lump sum with the deposit, as she has already deposited the money in the landlord's bank account. Is this how it is supposed to work? To my mind, my financial obligation is over once the new tenant moves in and pays rent + deposit, and so my money should be returned in full. Can you help me please?

Thanks,

Alex

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Alexandra 11th April, 2013 @ 12:00

Hi,

I rented this house for a year, after the year I signed a Tenancy Agreement for 6 months, which is coming to an end on 20th of May. The letting Agent informed me that the landlord is now selling the property and has given me two months notice, and after this I can take it month by month. I have now found a new property to move into and have given notice that I want to move out on the 27th of April. The Landlord is not letting me and insists I stay until the 20th of May. I will lose this other house that I have found and can't afford to pay for two houses at once. Can the landlord do this?

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Jess 20th June, 2013 @ 11:44

Hi
I recently moved into a new built flat at the end of may
I have not handed my signed contract to them.
Iv had things that need fixing.
For example, fan in the bathroom doesn't work
My hob doesn't work on the oven.
It took them 2 weeks to put blinds in when they should of already been in.
I have hot water in my toilet.
I want to end my tenancy and move on

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matt 30th July, 2013 @ 14:04

Hello me and my partner moved into a shared house a few months ago we signed a 12 month tenancy but are having loads of problems with other housemates, we have now had huge bust up with landlord over them as they are breaking loads of tenancy rules in there contract, the landlord keeps saying I will take to them, we have 9months left so we have 4,000 left to pay should we just walk out? As they have had my partner in tears and it is making us argue they dont listen to the landlord, the landlord just wants there money, we have asked the landlord to end our tenancy early but there not having it, we cant stay here any longer and why do we have to put up with there problems? There are horrible housemates

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Vicky 1st August, 2013 @ 14:13

Is a cessation of rent clause enforceable in Northern Ireland? If I dont have this clause in my contract and something happens to make the property uninhabitable, would I be compelled to still pay rent for a month or two whilst the property is being repaired?

I have googled to no avail and read all the posts on this thread :)

Thank you
Vicky

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Nav 23rd August, 2013 @ 17:50

Hi, Im really stressed out and don't know what to do. I need some legal advice on my situation since its quite specific and can't find it online.
Basically I signed an assured shorthold tenancy agreement in October to rent a room that would start on July next year. They made me pay a 250 pounds non refundable booking fee. This was through an agency. In February things were not going so well for me so I decided that I did not want to live in that room anymore becuase by July I would not be able to afford it. I went to the agency and they told me I would have to sublet the room, plus pay a fee for doing so of 250 pounds. They told me I was still responsible for the room. I found someone, this person went and paid the booking fee again. He was supposed to sign the contract etc but he never did. All this was close to July so the agency contacted me in July asking me for the 1st months rent. Now they are asking me for both Julys and August rent! Its 900 and something pounds I can't afford it and now they are saying they willl take legal action againts me on tuesday and this sum of money will continue to increase. What can I do? Im a student I can't afford to pay 2 months rent for a place I havent even lived in.... Help please. Btw i never provided a guarantoor, Im from Spain so no one from my family is here. I was supposed to pay 3 months in advance. Thanks in advance

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Jeanette 27th August, 2013 @ 18:44

Help please.

My family and I signed a 6 months contract on 20th December which ended on 20th June the Landlady has not contacted us to renew it. She wanted us to sign a longer one at first but I explained we only wanted 6 months at a time as we were still on the local council housing list. We had a a letter from the council on the 16th July offering us a home I informed her straight away but as these properties were new builds there was no house to see. We saw the house today (tuesday) and the tenancy starts on Monday (she is familiar with the speed of this as her son is also having one of the houses. When I informed her when we first had the letter we realised that the new tenancy would start mid month and she informed me that it would be okay and that she could fill the house easy when we left and we would go week to week. She has now lost the she had lined up and wants us to pay another two weeks as they were not able to view the property. I don't know if she has the right to show other tenants the property when we have not yet moved out?

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Part time landlord 28th August, 2013 @ 16:50

I don't know the full legal position but it seems to me that your landlady has been very flexible and more than fair.
Had she required you to leave 20 June or sign another 6 months contract (as you requested 6 months) you would have been committed to the property until December.
She let you rent on a weekly basis which must have made it very difficult to line up another tenant, and much more so if you would not accommodate viewings.

Your landlady is renting out property to generate an income. She has run the risk of being without a tenant in order to help you leave just when it is convenient to you, and you question whether she has a right to show prospective tenants round before you move out?

Your landlady was entitled to one month's notice, which should have coincided with the date of the tenancy starting, of your intention to leave on a spepcific date. It really is not her problem if you want to leave mid month and have little notice of the exact date.

I would also try to help a tenant in your situation and try to re let, and refund any overpaid rent but I would certainly require the tenant's cooperation.

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Donna 7th October, 2013 @ 11:44

Hello, I'm wondering if someone can give me some advice as I want to make sure I do the best thing for my tenant without leaving myself vulnerable. I have moved in with my partner and have decided not to let go of my flat just yet so have rented it out.

I rented my flat out to a single guy and his son a month ago. The father signed the contract and requested 2 years so he had stability and they paid first months rent and half of the bond straight away. He said he would pay the other half a week later but after a month I'm still waiting for it.

He also said he had a friend with children that needed somewhere to live temporarily and asked if this would be ok. I agreed. I have since had a call from the lady with children informing me that social services paid her a visit and warned her of an imminent risk to her children from the man. It transpires that man with son and woman with children were in fact in a relationship and were intending on living at the flat together for the 2 years with their children; something he isn't allowed to do according to social services.

The woman was under the impression from the man that she was renting the flat from myself, he got another tenancy agreement and copied my details from his tenancy agreement and gave it to her. She had believed this was a genuine tenancy agreement which she handed in to the council. She was then getting her rent paid to her by council, giving it to the man and he then paid me. All of the bills at the property are in the woman's name.

The man vacated the property and collected his belongings with the police on Saturday and it was at this point he informed the woman that her tenancy was rubbish and flaunted his tenancy agreement stating he was going to get her kicked out of the flat.

The woman is distraught and wants to continue living there but is on benefits and will need the rent paid by the council, something I hadn't intended to do. She called me yesterday and explained the whole thing in detail and now I am lost as to how I should proceed.

Is the man obliged to pay for the rent as we signed the tenancy agreement with him.

If we decide to let the lady stay, how do we void the contract with the man.

My partner is under the impression that the man is legally obliged to pay the rent for the full 2 years unless we accept a payment of less as a get out payment or some such and they we can rent to the woman if we choose.

I would appreciate any help and advice you can give me as this is quite urgent with children and 2 parties being involved.

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Stacy 8th October, 2013 @ 12:21

My boyfriend and I moved into a property at the beg of May this year and signed a 12 month contract. We are now looking to buy but wondered if we wanted to terminate our contract would we be liable for the remaining months fees.

My colleague at work was in the same situation but informed me that once you have been in a property for 6 months, you only need to give a months notice and can go without paying fees? Is this the case, or does it depend on your landlord??

Thanks
Stacy

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Tom 18th October, 2013 @ 19:36

Hi

I got myself into sticky situation. I moved in week ago to 2 bedroom flat
and my landlord came in with insurance people saying there is a water leak
in bathroom witch was going on for last 2 years!!! And now they want to take the whole on-sweet bathroom out all tiles and shower unit all wooden flooring in the flat leave just a bath and a sink in the second bathroom, no tiles in the kichen and all that to dry out mould which might take from 2 weeks to 6 months!!!! Thats half a year!! They will start works in couple of weeks. And i want to know what are my options becouse this is clearly breach of contract!! Place will be uninhabittable (almost). Please can someone give me a sound advice on this matter. Can i refuse to pay rent until this matter is settled and refurb is done? Can i just leave the property?
Thank you

Regards

Tom

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Julie Whittaker 22nd October, 2013 @ 17:57

I have a periodic tenancy which runs monthly with my rent being due on the 25th of each month. I gave my landlady one months written notice on 17th October saying I would be vacating on 16th November. She is now saying that the tenancy agreement runs from rent due date to rent due date and I cannot leave the property until 24th November and have to pay a full months rent. Is this correct???

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Harold 2nd November, 2013 @ 17:48

I have just renewed my tenancy agreement - it was signed, dated and confirmed by all parties for £600 rent per month. Two days later the landlord came and said he wants me to give him the agreement and copy of it back to him and sign a new one requesting for £50 more bringing total rent up to £650.

Knowing the tenancy agreement has been signed already by him and I have signed accepting the £600 contract, can he simply say he wants to make a new contract? Do I have the right to say no and that I've got a contract with his signature for a 12 month period, or can't I do anything about it?

Any help would be very useful! Thank you in advance.

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Sarah 6th November, 2013 @ 13:03

I just know this situation when you the tenant wants to break the lease. My friend decided to move to NY when he was given a promotion. The agreement was signed for 1 year, as soon as he knew he is going to leave the house, he called the landlord to tell him the situation. Luckily the landlord understood everything, you know, life changes! The only thing he asked to do is to find him a new tenant (it's not so difficult today with the Internet and different real estate websites) I helped him to search and we found a new tenant here http://houston.localmart.com/apartments-for-rent/ You know, there are lots of people who wanted to rent an apartment, so we called this boy and my friend moved to NY without problems.

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Nichole 6th November, 2013 @ 17:56

We started renting this home 12/13 and from the beginning we started having problems with a dead fish smell in the home and found out it was plumbing problems in the access under the tub. A plumber recommended pulling out the boards from the wall and the drywall to prevent the possible unknown mold from continuing to grow. The landlord placed smell good tower things there and covered the spot. Then in 10/13 our bathtub and all the plumbing backed up on a Sun evening and we could not get a hold of the property manager after 15 calls and the owner after 9 answered and said "not my problem". Plumber stated have main line break. we lived in the home for the following week not able to use a lot of water because obvious problems and had to shower at my mothers. I COULD GO INTO FURTHER DETAIL BUT I WILL SKIP TO END. Now that the drains work really well like whirlpool well and main line was never fixed. The house is splitting and everytime it rains which in OK is a lot our house smells like feces. we have a dog but it smells worse than wet dog. We are not able to get a hold of the landlord to get a plumber out. We want to move but have signed a 2 year lease I am afraid if we do I will lose my deposit. which was $900 and we paid LMR of $900. we cant keep this up my kids have severe asthma. and the stench is awful. As soon as we stop laundry black stuff comes up the pipes. Underneath our back padio slab bubbles constantly even when its not raining. oh one more thing, on our lease we agreed we would pay the first $200 of anything that broke say if we were to cause plumbing i.e. my son flushes a car or something well the property manger stated she wanted us to pay the first $200 of the main line to be replaced. Why do I have to pay for something that's their responsibility?
Any help greatly appreciated.

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Nichole 6th November, 2013 @ 18:09

Julie Whittaker from experience in the past. If you pay rent on say the 1st then the notice needs to be given on the 1st and will be 30 days from that day. So therefore yes she is correct. You might check your state through the landlord tenant law since your mid month. Also be careful because some might say that's not a valid 30-day notice and might show up on credit but technically that you still owe a property. I have learned that the hard way as well by providing a 30-day notice on the 5th instead of the 1st but the property still excepted it.

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Laura b 17th November, 2013 @ 21:36

Hi I need help!

We started to rent a flat ..assured short hold agreement on the 29th march 2013 for a 12 month fixed term.

Since then there has been numerous problems with the property..we had no hot water for about 3 weeks we had no heaters for the first 6 months.. A big thing we were not told about the property was MOULD it' seems to grow in every corner of the flat.. We have tried to help prevent it by buying and using a dehumidifier Daily. However the walls are dripping wet..
We have a young baby and I don't think it is suitable.

Is there anyway we can end the tenacy early?

I have been through the tenancy agreement, but they do like to complicate the words..

It's States

'This fixed term agreement agreement may be brought to an end by either party by providing a minimum of two months written notice to the other (such notice not to expire any earlier than the expirey date of this fixed term agreement). At the end of such notice the tenancy shall end and all obligations and responsibilities shall cease; subject nethertheless to any claim by either party against the other in respect of any breach of the terms and conditions of the agreement. For the avoidance of doubt once the notice referred to in this clause has been exercised it cannot be revoked under any circumstances.

Sorry for such a long letter.

Thanks Laura,

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Dalia 2nd December, 2013 @ 00:55

Hello Laura!

I am not an expert, but as much as I understood

you can give or get notice 2 months before you want to leave ( BUT!!! not earlier than 2 months before your tenancy agreement ends). At the end of notice you dont have to pay the rent and maintain the property, and landlord gets the possesion of the property back. Everyone goes happy IF no one has any problem with breached contract (unpaid rent, dammage, or unreturned deposit or something else thats mentioned in T&C. After you left the property you can not come back and extend the agreement.

Thats how much I understood. I think best would be to go to citizens advice, because if the flat is not by Health and Safety you could find a way to get out. Ask for evaluation of the property from Health Visitors. maybe thay could confirm by a letter that its not safe for newborn.

Hope it helps!

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Laura 2nd December, 2013 @ 19:56

Hi,

After my 12 month contract ended with lettings agency (they did not contact me at any stage)

The landlord arrived with a contract dying it needed resigning, I did without checking it thinking it was with agents till

After he told me that it was now direct and nothing to do with lettings gent so I assumed I was signing for a 2 month notice but instead he got me for another year.

I dint realise and we are buying a house. Surely either he has done something Wrong or the letting agent hasn't represented me properly???

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natasha 7th December, 2013 @ 13:46

at first we signed a 6 month contract. this ended and we signed a 12 month contract, we are 6 months in and need to move due to my partners job, we contacted the estate agents and there told the landlord who said we can be released from the tenancy but he keeps the bond, is this correct? theres no damaged to the property

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Claudia 10th January, 2014 @ 13:43

Can I get my 6 weeks deposits back if I terminate before the contract ends? I have already given 2 months in advance notices saying that I need to move and both the landlord and the agent are agreed as well.

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Rachel 28th January, 2014 @ 23:30

Hi,
I am currently renting a flat. I moved into it in December 2012 o a 6 month tenancy. Coming to the end of this tenancy, thr landlord asked if we wanted to carry on living here. We said yes, definitely for another 6 months but probably a year. He gave us a tenancy agreement (this was back in April/May 2013) which we were to sign and him pick up. He never picked it up and has turned into a nightmare landlord. We told him the back gate broke, he said he would fix it but never did. This lead to us having push bikes stolen. There's a hole in thr bathroom ceiling he said he would fix but didn't. And the electricity circuiting the lights is so bad they flick off and we haveto push the whole fixture to get the lights on. The boiler also doesn't work properly, we have to have the heating on all the time or the pressure drops, this has caused us to have massive gas bills. Is there any way we can move out? We don't need to get a deposit back as our deposit is the last months rent.
Thank you.

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studentneedinghelp 30th January, 2014 @ 08:47

Hi... I need some advice please. I signed a fixes term contract in August for a year as I was moving over to England for university; my contract started 17 August, I paid my deposit (one month's rent) and the remaining 2 weeks rent for August imon 21st August and then came to move in the following week. As soon as I arrived and checked the place over, I found that there was mold in the kitchen cupboards and around the radiators in my bedroom (possibly from a leak), there were a few other problems with the house but those are the major ones. That same day I got the key for my room, I ring the landlord and told asked him was there any way of terminating the contract as I was not happy living in those conditions (you couldn't store found in those cupboards, even the smell would knock you out)! Initially, the landlord agreed because I had only been there a few hours and he was convinced that he could get someone else in anyway. Then he told me that he would keep the total 6 weeks rent if I wanted to terminate the contract and that he would not ask me for any further money, but that I was welcome to go through the "mydeposits" protection scheme to see about getting the deposit back. I did this, and got word in October that the landlord was to keep the deposit... I had not heard from the landlord since August, until this week.. He is now trying to get a further £600 from me IN THE NEXT 3 DAYS for his losses at having to readvertise the room etc... Or he will send it on to debt collection for me to pay the full 12 months rent.

Can he demanded any more money off me when it has already been settled that he is keeping the deposit?
Can he send it to "debt collection" for me to have to pay the 12 months rent if he had got someone else in the room straight away?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated..especially as he keeps twisting and changing things! Thanks :-)

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Kaylee 2nd February, 2014 @ 16:54

Hi I was wondering does anyone know if I can get my deposit back early? Me and my partnerappreciated. into our flat last February unaware of the anti social behaviour that our neighbours did, we have music till 4am from the guy downstairs and people next door and banging all day from the girl above with her little one, we are stuck in the middle of it all! We don't get any sleep at night because of all the music from both sides and all day we get the banging. I've already gone through environment health And police and it seems like nothing getting done. Any advice would be very grateful and appreciate

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sandy 15th February, 2014 @ 15:11

hello need some advice:
me and my partner have signed a fixed term assured tenancy for 6 months well we are nearly 4 months into it and want to move out we have got so many things needing to be repaired which we have been telling the agent for over a month now and all we have had is a plumber to come have a look because the toilet comes off the floor and leaks we have to actually empty our own waste back into the toilet its discusting we have been ill and my baby has been ill also because he has to be bathed in the bathroom where the smell of waste from the toilet comes through there is also leaking radiator and a big crack in the ceiling which looks like it will come down at any point.

surely all of this gives us the right to move out early without having to pay rent and have our full deposit back.

sorry for the long post lol

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Pat Holywell 16th February, 2014 @ 13:42

Hi There. Our tenants gave notice on 24th Jan and there end date is 28th Feb . They have paid month rent, and have left this week, I gave then a 1/4 of there rent back as a good will gesture ( pleading poverty). They have been ringing us all week for deposit back, but damage has been done to the property, we have asked them to put it right, then we will return their deposit. i THOUGHT WE HAD 14 DAYS AFTER TENANCY END DATE TO GIVE IT BACK. also as I gave them a week back do they have to return keys a week early?

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jcrjcr 9th March, 2014 @ 17:32

My tenant gave me a 30 notice verbally, she had an issue with another house mate. And said she wants to move 15 days before her 30 are over she claiming I never informed her that our other house mate has a criminal record therefore she wants me to refund her the unused portion of the last months rent. I did not get a security deposit from her and there were some minor repairs, can I legally keep the last 15 days of the rent money she paid? That was when she gave notice, she also paid her last month but because she got her feelings hurt she wants her money.

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Corpz 20th March, 2014 @ 09:15

Question - fixed term tenancy for 10 yrs. period but the landlord & tenant agreed to sell the property to the same tenant who is under contract. what would the both parties do? Do they terminate early the tenancy,is it possible? Even though the parcel land is not yet sub-divided or no land title only the mother title the landlord holding it, could these be consider and allow the law with no foul? Could the tenant consider & legally own the land in the future if the agreement of the landlord he sell to the same tenant?

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lynne 21st May, 2014 @ 23:36

we have recently moved into a bungalow but having some intimidation by other tenants some of them been hanging around near our home drinking had some comments when im on my own, by some young lads i feel really vulunerable, as my husbands disabled, i dont want to complaine incase of any comebacks, is there a way i can give up my tenacy before the year,i have secure tenancy

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Laura Howes 25th May, 2014 @ 08:36

I have signed a fixed period agreement (12 months) and haven't moved in yet,but I am a student and lost my job which would gave paid the rent. Also, I suffer from bipolar disorder and I have told my landlord I don't want to even start living there now as I cannot afford it. They insist I have to carry on with the tenancy, this is pushing me over the edge and I can't see a way out of it. I can't tell you how unstable this is making me and I'm really frightened

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Rachel 31st May, 2014 @ 20:13

Hi, we signed into a AST march 21st and 7 weeks in, we needed to leave, our landlord agreed only if they could get an assurance from us, we gave them 2 months rent in cash, and they agreed for us to give 2 months notice, but then told us to pay the next 2 months too, which means they would get their full 6 month rent. We reluctantly gave them the cash, and they assured us we could get it back if we decided to stay on or they got a new tenant. They have secured themselves a new tenant same month we leave, but now won't return our cash assurance, and are saying its their compensation, this was not the agreement. Are we entitled to this money back less their re-letting costs, or is the landlord allowed to take 2 rents on the same property?

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Phillip 2nd June, 2014 @ 15:23

My fixed term AST finished in January, so I'm on a rolling contract,month to month ,sec21 served with 2 months notice, I want to leave mid month before the notice ends, my landlord does not want to accept part payment for the month,she wants the full amount, is she correct.
I havent paid for the month as I dispute the rent, where do I stand?

Need some guidance as there also maybe payment for damages.

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Chris 10th June, 2014 @ 11:43

Hi,
My partner and I signed a 12 month tenancy agreement 3 months ago. He has ended our relationship and decided to move out. He said he would honour his part of the rent for the remainder of the agreement, but is now saying that there is an early termination option. I can't afford the rent on my own as it was based on combined salary. Can he force a termination? Can he simply stop paying? Can he reduce his half? It was not my decision to end the relationship and I would like to know the best way forward and what rights we both have. Thanks

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Lorna 11th June, 2014 @ 18:13

Hi I have recently given notice to terminate my tenancy before the date was due and the landlord agreed. I left immediately and the landlord kept that months rent as my notice. they moved someone else in straight away without incurring any advertising fees. Am I entitled to any of my notice money back??

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rebecca 12th June, 2014 @ 13:46

Hi

i moved into a flat share 2 months ago (6month agreement on tenancy agreement) knew when i moved it it needed carpets, my bedroom one only being fitted when approaching my landlord. But there's a leak that the landlord knew about 2 weeks before i moved in and it still hasn't been sorted.
also i have no privacy, the landlord has the flat below (separate accommodation) and does just enter without notice (tenancy agreement says he's to give 24hours) he has hired a cleaner without the consent of the tenants, and makes sales from the flat we rent (not his flat below) today i nipped home at lunch not expecting him to be there, only to find him meddling with the cooker (noone has reported it broken) and making a seemingly dodgy sale.

in addition he has not protected my deposit, which i will take him to court over if i don't get it back.

living in this place (i cannot call it home) has had a negative effect on my mental health.
do you think of i approach my landlord with my issues and that I need to move out to help my mental health that he will release me from my agreement without paying any more rent?

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Mac1 19th June, 2014 @ 17:04

Hi,

I am a landlord, and recently through a letting agent, signed up a tenant. We lived in the property before we decided to rent it out,

Once the tenant had signed up, they noticed some electrical issue that we had not when living there. They asked for an inspection which of course we organized.

Now 2 weeks on, after paying for all gas certificate, home care, landlord building insurance, our letting agent has said the tenant doesn't wish to stay any longer and has found another property to move in to and wants all money back.

The electrical work will only take 2 days and require power off for 4-5 hours.

Apparently we just found out that the tenant still didn't move in yet, so the agent said...

Please advise us what our rights are, as we believe we have done everything in our power, and even offered not to charge the tenant the first two weeks rent until work is finished.

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Brian 1st July, 2014 @ 21:54

My landlord is not the person who is named on my lease, I can't afford
To pay rent any more and I tried to give notice but this was not accepted,
Is there anything I can do asi have been warned about court action if I leave, but she is not the landlord of this property. Need help

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