I’m writing this on behalf of my girlfriend who’s currently lodging.
Essentially the owner of the property is bizarre, and went from moving her clothes around in her room, to opening her food, to leaving passive aggressive notes around essentially “telling her off” for strange things. Nothing to sinister, just a bit odd.
She found it all a bit too weird & has decided to move out, the issue is she has only lived there for 6 weeks so far so when attempting to give her 4 weeks notice the owner of the house has stated she can only give 4 weeks notice at the end of week 8, thus she’ll have to live in the property until February (12 weeks total); the contract is slightly vague & poorly worded but it does appear to state this in my opinion. Since attempting to give notice the lady has become verbally abusive, locked her in the kitchen & begun acting more unacceptably. She has a new property to move into at the start of January but this means she’ll be contracted to pay rent to both properties.
So my question is what can happen if she just refuses to pay rent for the last 4 weeks when she won’t be living in the property? The owner has already stated she wants the key back as soon as she moves out (January), rather than at the time the contract runs out (February) which seems suggestive she wants to double rent it to me (if that’s a term).
If she stands her ground, moves out, gives the key back in January & refuses to pay the last 4 weeks rent what sort of issues could arise for her? From what I’ve heard it’s essentially harrassment at this stage, without any proof (but potentially could gather some over the next week or so).