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    Need advice regarding notice being ignored by landlord

    Hi,

    if anyone could help me, I need some advice about serving notice to landlord since this is my first time renting in the UK (aside from student halls). My current tenancy agreement is a 12-month fixed term, but I could end the tenancy early on the 6th month (28 Feb) with a 1 month notice. I handed in my notice in person to my landlord last Thursday (16 Jan); however, he was not in his office, so one of his employee told me that she would give it to him. In the letter, I asked for a written confirmation that he had received the letter, and to advise me on when we could do the check out inspection and get my deposit returned. Since I haven't heard anything back from him, I texted him this morning (23 Jan) just to confirm; he left me on read, and no response.

    Is there anything else I could do? I am planning to send another notice letter on Monday via post with proof of postage. I feel like every time I went to his office, he was never there. I know I shouldn't think of the worst of people, but I am just worried that he is deliberately ignoring my notice so he could keep my deposit, especially since it is not protected by any scheme.

    #2
    Please give EXACT wording of break clause.

    And what is said anywhere in tenancy about how to serve notice.

    Serve notice so you can prove you did -e.g. with a witness, free proof of postage certificate etc etc etc
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      If your deposit is not protected by a scheme then given that it sounds like you have a tenancy, you can claim not only the return of the deposit but it to 3x its value as a penalty.

      Dont worry about thinking the worst of people, just read carefully the terms in your tenancy agreement about giving notice and make sure you follow them to the letter. If you're unsure then paste them here and someone will advise.

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        #4
        Thank you all for the responses.

        Here is the exact wording from the contract:

        "The tenant may bring the tenancy to an end at any time before the expiry of the term, but not earlier than six months from the commencement date, by giving the landlord not less than one months' notice stating that the tenant wishes to vacate the premises."

        the commencement date is 30 Aug 2019

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          #5
          Is there the same clause for the Landlord?

          Nothing about how notices may be served anywhere in the tenancy agreement?

          A notice doesn't need to be acknowledged to be valid. But if Landlord denies he ever got it anyway....
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Pres rent,is due pcm,so I think your valid Notice must expire 'not before' 29 Feb 2020.

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              #7
              You need to give firm date if you haven't already done so. Best send written notice with proof of postage ( or email ) saying you intend to leave on 29th Feb in accordance with your lease.
              I don't think you'll have an issue.

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