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    Options to extend and to break- clauses inconsistent

    I've just received a new contract from a agent which include two clauses which in my mind are contradictary.
    The first is that I have the option to break the contract by serving two months notice to expire not before the 12 month minimum term.
    The second clause is that the tenant has the option to renew the contract for the second year.
    My question is do these clauses contradict each other, and if so which clause would supersede the other.
    Thank you.

    #2
    Originally posted by googlegirl View Post
    I've just received a new contract from a agent which include two clauses which in my mind are contradictary.
    The first is that I have the option to break the contract by serving two months notice to expire not before the 12 month minimum term.
    The second clause is that the tenant has the option to renew the contract for the second year.
    My question is do these clauses contradict each other, and if so which clause would supersede the other.
    Thank you.
    Are you the landlord or the tenant?

    If you are the tenant, then the 2 clauses are not contradictory. In effect, read together, they say that you have the option to either leave early or stay longer.
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      #3
      I think that OP is a landlord.
      Clause 1 allows L to terminate lease but not during its first yesar.
      Clause 2 allows T to renew for one year more.
      Whoever serves first wins, I guess.
      However, be careful re clause 2. Would renewal be on exactly same basis (inc. this clause 2)? If so, it could be a perpetually renewable lease: see Law of Property Act 1922 for how dreadful that can be!
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        #4
        Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
        However, be careful re clause 2. Would renewal be on exactly same basis (inc. this clause 2)? If so, it could be a perpetually renewable lease: see Law of Property Act 1922 for how deadful that can be!
        I must admit, that thought crossed my mind, although I thought it was saved by being limited to an option to renew for a further year.

        Perpetually renewable leases converted into a term of, IIRC, 3000 years. Ouch
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