Tenant left before AST expired; does rent still run?

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    Hi, we have tenant's who have been served a section 21 to expire at the end of their 6 month AST on 6th November; having visited the property today it would appear they have already vacated the property without telling us on 7th October! Are they liable for the rent until the end of the 6 months? I understand that a tenant can leave at anytime after the section 21 has been served but I thought this only applied after the initial term of the tenancy has expired? Aren't they bound to the 6 months? I would be grateful if anyone could clarify the situation for me. Thanks.

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    Your tenants are contractually bound to pay rent for the fixed term, otherwise they could potentially leave at anytime. It's only when it becomes periodic might the tenants leave before your Notice has expired without having to pay what would effectively be the last months rent.
    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.


    • #3
      Thanks Paul, that's what I thought but thought I'd better check! Thanks for the help, much appreciated


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