Leaving the room in a shared flat

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    Leaving the room in a shared flat

    Hello, me and my girlfriend are living as lodgers with our landlord (we share kitchen and living room, our room cannot be locked as there are no keys)

    we have no written agreement

    we live here since 1st of April and we would like to move out. The reason is, we found out that landlord and his wife, which both lives here, has really bad relationship, and they even doesnt talk to each other, which means one of them always sleeps on the sofa in the living room, making it unusable for us, which was part of the deal.

    yesterday 17.5. We told him that we would like to move out by the 1st of June.

    He said we have to give him one month period starting by 1st of june, as he has no time now to find somebody else, which is obviously lie, just to keep us paying. Also we offered him to find somebody else for the rent.
    Another thing is, 14 days after we moved in, he told us he is leavin this place in 4 months and that we can go with him (??)

    we really don't feel good here because of their relationship and we already found another place to stay.

    Could somebody please tell me what should we do and what are our rights? We have already paid deposit for our new place, moving there on 1.6. as the current one is no more comfortable for us.

    Thank you in advance.


    #2
    If there's no written agreement, you have to give reasonable notice.
    Reasonable notice is usually related to the payment period, so if you pay monthly, its normally a month, if weekly a week and so on.

    However, if you give notice and move out, there's not much the landlord can do to stop you.
    They can try and take the rent they feel they're owed out of the deposit, which might mean you have to live with that or take them to court to get it back.

    If you don't feel comfortable or safe, just move out as you intend to.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Thank you for the answer!

      we pay monthly.

      so to be fair, should I say him to keep half of the rent from the deposit (1.6. - 17.6.), as we told him 17.5. that we are leaving?

      or should I mention that he didnt go with the deal as we really cannot use the living room, which makes us stay only in our bedroom most of the time which is uncomfortable, needles to say that it almost ruined my relationship with my girlfriend..

      if we leave on 1.6. And want whole deposit back, does he have to give the whole amount?

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        #4
        It's going to be up to what you can negotiate.

        You should pay rent until the end of a month's notice. On the other hand, if you can't use the living room the landlords aren't living up to their end of the bargain either.

        The issue is obviously somewhat hampered by the fact that the landlord has the deposit and you don't.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #5
          You have a verbal Tenancy Agreement as you know that rent of 1 month is payable on <date> each month.
          LL can keep the deposit without risk of AST penalty.
          Your only option would be to sue for it's return via SCC

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