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I rented a flat in April this year. The contract is for one year. 2 weeks later, we got a letter from the agency telling us that the landlord wants to sell the flat. He said we can stay till the end of the contract, but he won’t renew it. Yesterday we got another letter. The landlord is happy to pay moving costs compensation if we move earlier. I would love to move out, because this situation is quite stressful. I don’t know where I can find out how much compensation I can get. And there is another problem. I’ve already taken lots of days off from work to see properties and to move here. Now I have to start all over again. It is not only about money, it is about time as well. I don’t want to have 2 months notice if I tell them I agree to move earlier. It is legal to ask them to be flexible and give me 2 weeks, let’s say, if I find something I like without charging me or 3 months if I don’t? I already bought tickets to go on a holiday and tickets to go back to my country for 2 weeks. So I’ve already planed my money and my time. They are only causing troubles to me. Selling the flat is not a decision that you take it in 2 weeks. They were planning to sell the flat when we moved in. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you for your time. Thank you very much.

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Hi Alice

If you’ve signed a standard assured shorthold tenancy agreement then the minimum time before the landlord can remove you is six months (unless you’re in breach of the tenancy by non payment of rent etc). Given that legally you’re entitled to stay there for six months and you’re doing them a massive favour by moving much earlier I think you should ask for exactly what you want – compensation that amounts to the number of days pay you’ll need to find a new place, actual moving costs and then something for the hassle of it all. And anything else that you feel is fair – don’t go overboard but get compensated for the time and trouble this will cause you.


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