Want to assign someone to take my tenancy, landlord not responding.

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    Want to assign someone to take my tenancy, landlord not responding.


    I am 3 months in to a 12 month tenancy and want to move out.

    Three weeks ago I told the agency I had found someone to take my part of the tenancy at which point they emailed the landlord asking for permission for them to amend the contract and let this other person move in, subject to reference checks etc. The landlord STILL has not replied to anything! The agency keeps emailing them but he never responds. I am now only 2 weeks away from when I am starting on a new contract with a completely separate agency!

    The agency have said they aren't able to do anything until the landlord agrees to the changes, so I am completely stuck about what to do! Is the landlord not required to respond within a certain reasonable time? The closest thing I've found in the contract regarding this is:

    Not to assign, sublet, part with, or share the possession of all or part of the Premises with any
    other person without the Landlord s or the Agent s prior consent, which will not be
    unreasonably withheld.

    What does it mean by "unreasonable withheld"? On what grounds can the landlord say no to this amendment?? It sounds to me like him not responding in such a long time is 'unreasonably withholding' consent!!

    Unfortunately, even if this meant he was in breach of contract and so I could just move out, it is a shared agreement and so my friends would also need to move out which they have strictly said they will not do!

    Thank you for your help and advice!

    Hhhmmmm, student perhaps?

    Is there any clue as to why the LL hasn't replied? Do they resied outside the UK?

    The risk here is all legal liabilities.

    You could just move out and hope that the replacement tenant pays the rent etc... Risky though.

    However, you signed a contract that you are obligued (both morally and legally) to forefill. If you wish to break this contract then you need to do so with the agreement of the other party.
    There is always scope for misinterpretation.

    If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

    Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.


      The landlord doesn't have to respond, let alone agree.
      Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong


        This may help http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...963#post349963

        The advice I give on this forum is for general information only. You are advised to seek specialist advice. I can provide such help on many tenancy matters including eviction, see www.tenancyservices.co.uk for details


          Originally posted by saltxwater View Post
          Unfortunately, even if this meant he was in breach of contract and so I could just move out,...
          It wouldn't mean you could 'just move out' with no further liability for rent.


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