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    • DMMEG
    • By DMMEG 13th Jul 17, 8:48 PM
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    Tenant hoping to end a Fixed term tenancy early
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    • 13th Jul 17, 8:48 PM
    Tenant hoping to end a Fixed term tenancy early 13th Jul 17 at 8:48 PM
    Hi. I signed a fixed term tenancy for 12 months in march 2017 (tenancy expiring in march 2018). There is no break clause in the contract. The property is rented to me via an agency. Unfortunately my work situation has changed and I will be unemployed from the 10th October. I need to end my tenancy on the 19th October ( the day the rent is usually paid/the day of the month I moved in) as I will be unable to pay rent thereafter due to lack of earnings. I wanted some advice on how to go about this:
    1. Should I send a letter addressed to the landlord c/o letting agency (as I have no personal contact details for them)?

    2. Should I try and negotiate an early termination with the letting agent by writing to them first?

    3. If the landlord refuses to let me terminate, do I have any other options?

    4. If anyone knows of a template letter to send to the landlord, I would be grateful if you could point me in the right direction

    Many thanks
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    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 13th Jul 17, 8:53 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 8:53 PM
    Unfortunately my work situation has changed and I will be unemployed from the 10th October. I need to end my tenancy on the 19th October ( the day the rent is usually paid/the day of the month I moved in) as I will be unable to pay rent thereafter due to lack of earnings.
    Originally posted by DMMEG
    Housing benefit?
    • Tyler Durden UK
    • By Tyler Durden UK 13th Jul 17, 9:08 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 9:08 PM
    You entered into a legally binding contract, talk to your landlord (direct if you can) and try to negotiate a release payment / deal. They of course can just say no, I guess it then gets difficult. Won't you be moving onto other employment ?
    • DMMEG
    • By DMMEG 13th Jul 17, 9:17 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 9:17 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 9:17 PM
    I do intend to move into other employment, but it could be anywhere in the country. I will not be eligible for housing benefit as I will be able to find work, but there is nothing that is available locally.
    • theartfullodger
    • By theartfullodger 13th Jul 17, 10:10 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 10:10 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 10:10 PM
    You can end it any time you like, this evening if you wish.

    But you remain liable for rent until the end date.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 13th Jul 17, 10:15 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 10:15 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 10:15 PM
    Try and find a tenant yourself, offer them a month free; but seek the landlords advice.
    • deannatrois
    • By deannatrois 14th Jul 17, 1:31 AM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 1:31 AM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 1:31 AM
    As long as you are complying with looking for work rules you will be able to claim jobseekers allowance and housing benefit. This could give you time to find another job although obviously if you find work in another part of the country this will just delay the negotiating process.

    As suggested, you could offer to find another tenant and/or negotiate leaving early. But the LL does not have to comply. As you have no address for the LL, write to the LA giving them 21 days to give the LL's address. They have to comply.
    Last edited by deannatrois; 14-07-2017 at 1:46 AM.
    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 14th Jul 17, 10:07 AM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 10:07 AM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 10:07 AM
    Hi. I signed a fixed term tenancy for 12 months in march 2017 (tenancy expiring in march 2018). There is no break clause in the contract. The property is rented to me via an agency. Unfortunately my work situation has changed and I will be unemployed from the 10th October. I need to end my tenancy on the 19th October ( the day the rent is usually paid/the day of the month I moved in) as I will be unable to pay rent thereafter due to lack of earnings. I wanted some advice on how to go about this:
    1. Should I send a letter addressed to the landlord c/o letting agency (as I have no personal contact details for them)? - To ask if they would consider letting you out of your obligations

    2. Should I try and negotiate an early termination with the letting agent by writing to them first? - I'd consider discussing the details over the phone and then putting in writing.

    3. If the landlord refuses to let me terminate, do I have any other options? - no

    4. If anyone knows of a template letter to send to the landlord, I would be grateful if you could point me in the right direction

    Many thanks
    Originally posted by DMMEG


    You are relying purely on the goodwill of the LL
    • Pixie5740
    • By Pixie5740 14th Jul 17, 10:45 AM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 10:45 AM
    Try and find a tenant yourself, offer them a month free; but seek the landlords advice.
    Originally posted by sevenhills
    Ignore this advice.
    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.
    • Pixie5740
    • By Pixie5740 14th Jul 17, 10:47 AM
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    Talk to your landlord, explain the situation and try to negotiate an early surrender.

    Yes you are legally required to pay rent to the end of your fixed term but from a practical point of view what is the point of holding a tenant to that if (s)he is facing unemployment? An early surrender is less messy than chasing someone for arrears.
    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.
    • saajan_12
    • By saajan_12 14th Jul 17, 11:50 AM
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    The starting position is you are liable for another 8 months rent until the end of your contract, regardless of your earnings. If you don't pay, the LL can evict you via Section 8 and sue you to recover the arrears as well as court / recovery costs.

    You can
    1) Get another job to increase your income
    2) Save up now for the rent after you stop working
    3) Negotiate an early surrender
    4) Take in a lodger to increase your income

    You can offer
    - rent until the property is relet
    - reletting costs (advertising, tenancy drafting, referencing etc)
    - help finding a new tenant
    - £x to terminate early for the LL's extra hassle
    • martindow
    • By martindow 15th Jul 17, 10:20 AM
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    In your OP you seem confident that jobs are out there. Could you wait for a new job in the same area or within a feasible commuting distance? You would have to turn down offers of distant jobs but if there were just a few weeks involved before taking up a new local job that would solve this tenancy problem.
    • martinbuckley
    • By martinbuckley 15th Jul 17, 11:23 AM
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    As others have said, talk to the Landlord. Given that its three months away, the LL will have 3 months to re-market the property. I was presented with this scenario by a former tenant a few years ago, and having spent a year suing a previous tenant for 4 months' rent only to be awarded it at £25 a month, I wasn't prepared to go down that route again and happily released her from her contract.
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