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    Hi,

    I'm new here, so sorry if this is a bit confusing...

    Basically, at the end of September i signed a contract with two friends to move into a flat. The contract is a full 12 month contract with no break clause.

    T A was made redundant earlier this month, therefore wishes to move home and rent out their room (illegally sublet)

    T B is has the option to live with relatives close by, and therefore wishes to sublet the room.

    Both A and B only want to rent out the rooms for 6 months - to save money - and then return to the property. I see this as too high a risk if done illegally (Slightly different if just one left)

    What are my options?

    Do i allow the to illegally sublet their rooms for the 6 month period - and live with Random people?

    Can the names for their two rooms on the lease be changed? (obviously their is a fee involved) but at least everything is legal and above-board.

    Can we change all names on the tenancy agreement?

    Can we end the tenancy agreement? (Again a fee involved, which i would argue i should not pay as it is not my decision to be ending this lease)

    Please Help!!

  • #2
    Analysis:
    1. All three of you signed a single joint-names AST, granted by L to you/A/B.
    2. Each of A and B wants to sub-let (to AX and BX, let's say).
    3. I imagine that they have not consulted L!
    4. You are staying-on.
    5. Even if they unlawfully sub-let, they (A and B) remain your co-tenants, jointly liable- with you- to pay whole existing rent to L.
    6. You/A/B cannot change the Letting Agreement (e.g. to delete A, insert AX, delete B, and insert BX), unless L agrees; nor can any of you- alone or all together- end it during an existing fixed-term.
    7. Please state commencement and length of existing fixed term.
    JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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    • #3
      Also, if you find someone some other people, you have no guarantee that they will look after the place as your friends did.....

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      • #4
        Best thing to do is contact the landlord and see what he says. he might be ok with it and leave you to find suitable subletters short term

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        • #5
          Will definitely have to contact the landlord, although this is through our property managment agency - so no doubt will take a while.

          I have a feeling he will not be too happy though - the tenants before us left 2 months before the end of their 12 month contract and he was trying to get the extra rent off of them.

          I understand that once you sign for 12 months you are obliged to pay the full 12 months rent - even if you choose to terminate the contract earlier? Is this the case?

          For Jeffery: We started the tenancy at the end of septemper 2008, and the terms are 12 months no break clause.

          Thanks for your help!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Princess Zelda View Post
            I understand that once you sign for 12 months you are obliged to pay the full 12 months rent - even if you choose to terminate the contract earlier? Is this the case?

            For JeffREy: We started the tenancy at the end of septemper 2008, and the terms are 12 months no break clause.
            Yes, you are bound for 12 months once you sign a 12-month let- of course! The only exception is if it ends early.

            The reason for my question about the fixed term is that it is possible to terminate a tenancy at the term's end or thereafter.
            JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
            1. Public advice is believed accurate, but I accept no legal responsibility except to direct-paying private clients.
            2. Telephone advice: see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=34638.
            3. For paid advice about conveyancing/leaseholds/L&T, contact me* and become a private client.
            4. *- Contact info: click on my name (blue-highlight link).

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