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    hi all I have some questions which I am looking for some advice on if possible
    I am moving out of my property in december I have also given the months notice in writing too my landlord.
    However when I vacate the property I do not know where I am going to be living and my landlord is informing me that I am legally obliged to give too him a forwarding address when I leave the property

    has anyone on the forum ever heard of this before because I dont know what hes trying to do

    many thanks

  • #2
    You are not legally obliged to give LL a forwarding address when you go (at least in England & Wales - maybe different north of the border).

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    • #3
      It may say so in your contract (AST). If you haven't got a forwarding address then the LL can not expect you to magic one out of no-where. Of course, by moving day you might well know where you are going - in which case you'll be able to comply.

      Unless you intend to trash the place or leave rent unpaid then the LL isn't going to do anything about the lack of forwarding address because the cost of a court order would far outweigh any benefit.

      He will, of course, need an address of sorts to send your deposit back to.

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      • #4
        You could give him a 'care of' address (e.g. a friend's) if that stops him nagging you. It's probably not worth falling out with him about.
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
          He will, of course, need an address of sorts to send your deposit back to.
          The OP hasn't made any mention of why the LL is so keen to obtain a forwarding address. I always ask quitting tenants for one a matter of course; I find that all tenants who are leaving on good terms have no problem with providing one, whereas on the couple of occasions I've had to repossess (where the rent arrears have been higher than the deposit), that curiously enough no forwarding address has been forthcoming!

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          • #6
            I have no rent arrears everything has been paid up to date
            the matter is I dont know where I am going to be living at the moment I do not have a crystal ball so I do not know. And I believe that it is none of a landlord business once I vacate that property !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dazza View Post
              the matter is I dont know where I am going to be living at the moment I do not have a crystal ball so I do not know. And I believe that it is none of a landlord business once I vacate that property!
              I agree. Unless L has some valid reason for needing to know, or your AST obliges you to divulge, don't.
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              • #8
                Not even sure how a tenancy agreement could legaly oblige you to give a forwarding address.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by chappers2341 View Post
                  Not even sure how a tenancy agreement could legaly oblige you to give a forwarding address.
                  with words such as :
                  "The Tenant agrees to provide the Landlord with a forwarding address when the tenancy comes to an end"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by havensRus View Post
                    with words such as :
                    "The Tenant agrees to provide the Landlord with a forwarding address when the tenancy comes to an end"
                    Possibly an 'unfair' provision, and impossible to enforce in any case.

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                    • #11
                      agreed, it is impossible to enforce, particularly if T has done a runner, or don't know where they are moving to.

                      If tenancy ends amicably, most Ts will give a forwarding address, unless they've got something to hide.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by havensRus View Post
                        with words such as :
                        "The Tenant agrees to provide the Landlord with a forwarding address when the tenancy comes to an end"
                        It's no use then; "...before the tenancy comes to an end" would be more logical.
                        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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