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Can I leave my rented property before the end of the tenancy agreement

Legally, as a tenant you are required to fulfil your part of the contract (the assured short-hold tenancy agreement or AST). This means when you have signed a fix term, you are liable for the rent during this period.

There are only a few ways in which this can happen and just as the landlord cannot make the tenants move out neither can a tenant lawfully walk away from their obligations to fulfil the contract. Either party might request of the other that a formal “surrender” of the tenancy be allowed. It would then be up to the parties to agree the terms and conditions of such surrender. This might include some financial compensation for inconvenience or costs incurred. It is perfectly within the rights of the landlord to insist you honour your agreement for the minimum fixed term of the tenancy as specified in the AST you signed at the beginning.

This means you might be able to leave early but you will be made to pay the rent for the remaining period of the fixed term.



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