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« on: March 05, 2021, 01:45:46 AM »

Hi everyone,
I came to the Uk 4 months ago with a 6 months work contract. I said that to my landlord, as my tenancy contract was 12 for months, but he said that the contract had a 6 months break point from which I could cancel it. Then, I got a much better job offer in Ireland to start working in April, so I told my landlord with one month in advance that I was leaving. He said that since my contract was for a minimum of 6 months, I still have to pay two more rent months. I cheched my contract and it says that if I want to leave I have to give a month notice after the first six months living there, but it does not specify what happens if I want to leave earlier than 6 months. I am not familiar with british laws and regulations, so that is why I would like to know what are my rights in this situation.
Thanks in advance :)
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2021, 07:26:58 AM »

It doesn't need to specify what happens before 6 months, that is the minimum fixed term. Your Landlord is correct in this case. At least it's not the majority. I might try to negotiate, but your Landlord is under no obligation to do so and they will now (shortly) be getting hit with unexpected costs.
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2021, 09:57:16 AM »

This is a sore point for me right now.A tenant moved in January.He had been in the process of buying his first place,but it dragged on so long due to Covid he decided to keep his money,and wait to see what the markets were like later this year.The rent for February did not arrive,and on the same day he rang the agent who I use to market the rentals,to say he had bought another house,and miraculously all the procedures were completed within a couple of weeks,and he was packing his stuff up.
He seemed to think he was being very fair in even bothering to let me know.I explained the situation to him,and he paid for Feb.on the understanding that he would be paying rent and council tax until it was relet ,and that the fees for getting another tenant would come out of the deposit.Luckily it has been relet this week,because I doubt if he would have continued to pay.He even had the bloody nerve to ask if I would collect his post,as he was too busy moving in.I suspect the clue was a comment to the agent when he made the application for my place,that his brother was fed up with him sleeping on his sofa. 
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