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    I am currently renting a residential property with a colleague of mine on a 12 month AST which commenced in May 2007 and is due to expire in May 2008. Unfortunately, due to work commitments we will be relocating to another area within the next few months and are therefore looking into the possibility of ending the tenancy prior to the intial tenancy term. I, along with the landlord, am under the impression that there is a 6 month clause in the agreement, however, i am unable to find written confirmation of this in the contract.

    My question is, is it normal practice for such a clause to be contained within a contract and, if not, is there any possible way of ending the agreement prior to May 2008?

    I have already explained to the landlord that we would be more than willing to cover the cost of any expenses incurred.

    1. If you cannot see the clause, it's not there.
    2. In the absence of such clause, there is no automatic right for either party to terminate during the fixed term.
    3. No- this is not a usual clause. Even if it had been "usual", it's not there now.
    4. L might permit you to leave early, but he does not have to do this. You would definitily need a clear and binding Deed of Release.
    5. L might alternatively agree to the ending of this Tenancy (you + colleague) if, at same time, colleague + A.N.Other enter into a new tenancy.
    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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