I am currently renting a room in a two bedrooms flat. I’ve never met my landlord. I signed my contract (with my flatmate, her name is on the contract as the landlord) last April and, as it stated, moved in in August.
There is no fixed term specified so, with 2 months notice, I told my flatmate that I was planning on moving out because I will not be able to afford this place anymore. She wasn’t too happy about it but understood the situation.
After one week she told me that the landlord was demanding that I paid the rent for the 3 months between the signing of the contract (April) and my actual move in (August) because he was expecting me to stay for around a year. I never specified how long I was planning on staying. The day I signed the contract I mentioned my intention of staying until May but since I am still a student with part-time jobs my situation could have changed. I did not have to pay any deposit.
Can the landlord actually force me to pay anything extra (either for the 3 months of him keeping the room for me or the rent until the mentioned month – May?)