can you leave before the end of the tenancy

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    can you leave before the end of the tenancy

    My boyfriend has just taken out a tenancy on a house last month. it was for a years contract.
    I have now been offered a new build council property, i have been on the list years so never expected this to happen..
    Is there any way of him getting out of this contract?
    We have painted and done up this house and the landlord was pleased with the work we did. We even put down a new carpet upstairs so at least its in a much better state for him to re-let.

    Any advice?

    #2
    If the contract has a break clause that would be helpful, but assuming not...

    If the contract has a 12 month fixed term, there's no opportunity to end it before the 12 months expires without your landlord's agreement.
    Normally, I'd have thought the landlord might be OK about it, and it just becomes a negotiation.
    But, right now, with a world wide pandemic, getting a replacement tenant is going to be quite a challenge for the landlord.

    But your boyfriend might as well start the discussion with their landlord.
    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

      You can ask - your LL may allow you to surrender the tenancy but it is their choice. Most LLs would probably allow you to go early but this is so early in the contract there are bound to be costs they will want cover so there will probably be a cost to you.

      Speak to your LL - urgently.

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        #4
        You can leave any time you like, but remain liable for the rent. Negotiate, gently, with Landlord. They don't have to agree to any deal so you being flexible/helpful may assist your position. Hope things work out for everyone concerned
        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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