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    AST - 6 months fixed term - tenants notice?

    I am currently renting from a landlord on a 6 month AST. This comes to an end mid February. Communication with my landlord is very strained as he accuses my family of being heavy handed in his house. We have needed many repairs done to the house since before we moved in - eg: leaking sewage, blocked drains/toilets, water leaking through ceilings - none of which have been caused by my family.
    We do not want to renew our tenancy and are moving into our own home at the end of this AST (mid Feb.). Our landlord has not contacted us about renewing, can we simply move out on the date in mid Feb or do we have to give him any notice?
    We are also concerned about our deposit, which is held in a TDS. We are concerned, as our landlord often refers to the damage which we have caused (?) - which of course we haven't. He refuses to unblock drains/toilets!
    Can someone please advise on the amount, if anyh, notice we have to provide to him.
    Many thanks

    As has been mentioned many times on this site a tenant does not have to give any notice to the landlord to end the fixed term of a tenancy, but make sure you move out on or before the last day.

    As far as you deposit is concerned make sure you write to the landlord now and bring to his attention all the repairs that have not been carried out - mention his liability under S.11 Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 - and say you will use this as evidence in the event of your deposit not being returned to you in full (you both have to agree to its apportionment when it's returned otherwise it has to go before an adjudicator - read up on this on the internet.)
    The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.


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