Can I keep part depost when a lodger moves out early?

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    Can I keep part depost when a lodger moves out early?

    I have a lodger who was originally moving out either on 14 or 15 Aug, which was agreed 1 month in advance according to the lodger agreement.

    She then told me that she is moving out on 9 Aug only today (27 Jul). I guess this is due to the some small disagreements we had over the last few weeks.

    Can I keep part deposit to cover the loss of a 1-week worth rent?

    The lodger agreement does not state other than the notice period 'ONE MONTH BY EITHR PARTY'.

    I already have a new tenant secured but I am not sure if he wants to move in early. If he wants to move in early, can he move in whilst I keep my current lodger's part deposit as this will duplicate the rent for some period?

    Apologies for such basic questions but this is my first landlord experience! Appreciate professional advice.

    #2
    You are probably within your rights to deduct the one week's (or 5-6 days) rent from the deposit, but if the new lodger does move in sooner, and you therefore don't suffer any loss of rent, I think it would be a bit unfair to do so.

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