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Ending tenancy early and finding new prospective tenants

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I am tenant and I have given notice to leave my flat two months before the end of the fixed term of the agreement.
The flat is back on the market via a letting agent and being in central london, and initially i didn’t expect any difficulty to have new tenants to replace me on time.
Now I am worried as the agency does not make efforts to arrange many viewings in the flat, and my move out date is in less than a month.

What can I do to increase the chances of finding prospective tenants to my landlord?
Particularly, am I allowed to “advertise” for the property (via gumtree?) and re-direct prospective tenants to the agency?

Your help would be very much appreciated !
Many thanks!

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It can be possible to move out during the fixed term if your agreement contains a ‘break clause’. This is a clause in your tenancy agreement which states that you or the landlord can end the tenancy before the fixed term has expired.

If there is no break clause then you can do so only if your landlord agrees to it. This is called ‘surrendering’ the tenancy. If your landlord agrees you can surrender the tenancy you will need to follow the law or you could be taken to court in order to claim back the rent.

Be sure to get any agreement in writing, in case of a dispute later on in the tenancy. If you have a joint tenancy, all the joint tenants and the landlord must agree to the surrender.

In order to avoid paying rent in two homes, it may be possible to find someone to take over the rest of the tenancy, and this may be part of the agreement you make with your landlord.

It doesn’t really matter where or how you find the tenant, as long as the prospective tenant passes credit and reference checks then the landlord is likely to agree for the new person to move into the property. Check that the landlord will give the new person their own tenancy agreement, otherwise, you will still be legally responsible for the tenancy.

All the best and good luck with the new move.

Feel free to take a look at our helpful ‘moving out’ and ‘moving in’ articles for tips on how to make the process go smoothly.





Disclaimer: This information is derived from personal experience and should not be relied upon as a definitive or accurate interpretation of the law.

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