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Tenant

Hello, 

I am a student from abroad. In September i have signed a 10 months contract for the house i rent. The university ends much more before the end of the contact. The letting agency told me i can’t shorten it because it is a fixed term contract. 

Is there any other way to break the contract and to leave earlier ? 

What do i risk if i just leave the property ?

Thanks a lot

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Tenant

Hello, 

Unfortunately for you, fixed terms cannot be altered without the explicit agreement of both the landlord and the tenant. If your landlord doesn’t agree to let you off, you may have to pay the full rent until the end of the contract.

However, please note that if you’re forced to pay full rent for the full duration of the contract, you’re entitled to use the property in full and they cannot rent it out even if you don’t live there. 

If you just leave, you will likely be chased for the missing rent and can even get into the small claims courts if the landlord is persistent. Please read the article below:

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/tenancy-agreements-assured-shorthold-tenancy-ast/

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