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Drugs in the house!!

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Tenant

I live in a rented property with 3 other people and the tenancy is in our 4 names. I recently discovered that one of them has been doing drugs in the house and want to leave asap, they are refusing to give notice. I want to know where I stand in terms of me geyting out and getting my deposit back which is a lot or money. Also. I have been reading through the tenancy, and drugs is definately a breach of the tenancy and landlord has to give notice (ps I have proof) but if this were go happen and he evicted us, where would I stand? Thank you 

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Agent

A lot depends on if you are still in a fixed term and if your rental is managed by an agent? If managed by an agent, I would advise you to contact them urgently and they will advise on what options may be available to you. If not, I would suggest you speak to the landlord – My view is that most professional and reputable landlords would not want any of their tenants to be taking drugs  in one of their rented houses- and once in receipt of this information, may decide to end the tenancy and serve notice on all 4 of you? 

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Administrator

To add to the above, if you contact the agent just remember that their focus is on the landlord’s interests, not yours as it’s the landlord who pays their fees. A good agent will be happy to help a tenant but not all are like that so be cautious. 

I would agree that contacting the landlord direct is a good idea – ask them if they’re happy for you to find a replacement. Often landlords will agree to one tenant leaving if there’s a replacement ready to take over straight away so there’s no rent lost. But it’s the landlord’s choice whether to let you out early as you’ve signed a contract. If a new tenant is found then it’s just a question of issuing a new tenancy agreement, a cost you could split with the incoming tenant.

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