I signed a 6 months AST in a HMO house share. I have paid my rent every month and have been a good tenant. At the start of the the tenancy I made it clear I wanted to rent for only 6 months. I did not realise I had to give notice 1 month in advance before leaving. I clearly did not process this portion of the contract at the time of signing:
For an initial term of 6 MONTHS to commence on 29/7/16 and ending on the 28/1/17 inclusive and thereafter to continue on a monthly rolling basis until determined in accordance with clause 1.10
1.10 Tenants Break Clause – The Landlord agrees that the tenant has the right to terminate the tenancy after the initial 6 month term by giving the landlord not less than 1 months’ notice in writing to end the agreement. To avoid any doubt between the parties it is agreed that the notice period cannot commence any earlier than 29/12/16 and cannot expire any earlier than 28/1/17.”
I vacated the house today (A day before my initial 6 months ends) but now the letting agency is demanding I pay rent for the 7th month, despite me no longer being at the property.
Am I liable to pay rent for the next month? Or just compensation for the breach in the contract?
I note a similar case which the tenant won on a technicality:
Currently in the house there are two further empty rooms and no potential tenants have visited the property in the last month.
Me not giving notice a month earlier has not prevented further tenants from moving in. So in theory any compensation should be minimal.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. So far the agency appears intransigent.