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Leaving rented flat unoccupied for three months - possible?

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I have signed in Auguist 2015 a 24 month rental contract for a flat with a 12 month break clause for an unfurnished flat.  I am the sole tenant.

My contract states that the tenant must not leave the property unoccupied for more than 21 days in continuatiion without notifying the landlord.

I have been offered recently the possibility to transfer abroad for a temporary period of 3 months.

I would continue to pay my rent as usual for the time period I will be away – and I also intend to return back to living in the flat after the three month period.

Assumably the clause in question refers to insurance clauses and premiums. 

I am curious to know my rights and responsibilties – especially if there is a problem finding a solution to this matter.  I have not yet discussed this with the Landlord nor the estate agent. 


Hello There,

You are correct in saying that the landlords insurance policy would be invalidated if the property remains unoccupied for a period of 21 days or more – if a tenant of ours approached us to say they were going to work away for a few months, but would continue to pay the rent in the interim period, and intended to move back in, so long as the issue with the insurers could be sorted out, I cant see any problem? I would advise you to speak to your Landlord as soon as possible, or the letting agent if its a managed property?


If there is an issue you could always suggest subletting – you find a tenant that you sublet to and the rent is paid direct to the landlord. It would save your rent and mean the property was occupied.

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