Finding a tennant - letting agent fees

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    Finding a tennant - letting agent fees

    Hi,
    I'm hoping someone could please answer my question or provide some assistance with the following problem:
    I have been letting out my property through a letting agent and they found a tennant who agreed to a tennancy for a period of 12 months. I was told by phone just over a month ago that my tennant was giving notice and wanted them to find another tennant to move in so that she could move out.

    This was all acceptable but I received and gave nothing in writing to confirm the action. As I am quite friendly with the letting agents, they reasured me that they would find a tennant quickly anyway and there was nothing to worry about, I was therefore happy for them to go ahead.

    Subsequesntly a new tennant has been found, but I wondered about the charges for finding another tennant. My understanding is that if a tennant breaks their agreement early, as the landlond, I would not incur any charges for finding another tennant, these would be the responsibility of the tennant and ultimately be taken from the tennants deposit. I have since been told by the letting agent that I would be responsible for the cost. Is my thinking correct? or would it be my responsibility?

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    The problem seems to be that you agreed surrender without imposing any terms about who should pay for re-letting. Your contract is with the agent, and unless your agency agreement states different, you would be liable for the cost of any work you agree to.

    You may have a claim against the tenants deposit if your tenancy agreement has an applicable clause, but I suspect you can not go along the 'breach of contract' route because you agreed to the surrender.

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