I signed a renewal 2 years lenght from 10/2016 until 10/2018 without break clause. I have some bussinesses that cannot stay, then I contacted the agent and told them that I want to early terminate my tenancy in 4/2016.
The agent first said I have to pay the rent from the point I move out until the end of original term with a huge amount of £30,000 (unbelivable). I negotiated them, then there was a point that my visa is going to expire in 10/2017. I told them that it’s illegal for me to rent that property while I don’t have visa. Immediately they agreed for me to pay the rent until I leave.
However, they said I will be liable to pay commission from when new tenant is found until the end of my tenancy at £4,000. They said the commission refers to fees of letting property that should be paid by the lanlord.
I think because my visa epires before the second years of tenancy that means I can’t live in the flat after that. So if the landlord pay commission, it can’t be paid for my tenancy, but anyone who rents that property by that time. I tried to negotiate with the agent, but they kept repeating that the commission is already stated in the agreement and can’t be negotiated, then I have to pay for it. They also said I was at fault because I didn’t know my visa expiration and signed a 2 years agreement. But during the renwal process (occured more than 1 month) they didn’t ask to check my visa again, as I know they should be liable to check before let me rent (I knew it through Right to Rent).
That fee is quite a huge amount for me, also I think it’s unfair and unreasonable, so what should I do in this situation? Thank you for any and all advices. I just feel extreme uneasy to give them such amount after those things.