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Renewing tenancy for a shorter period??

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Hello, any help would be appreciated.

We are in the middle of a 12 month AST, which is due to expire in July. When this ends, we do not wish to comit to another year, we would however like to stay for another 6 months.

What would be the best way to go about this? are they under any obligation to offer us a minimum of 6 months?

Any advice would be appreciated


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You really have to talk to your landlord about this one. Some landlord wouldn’t mind, other landlords may want longer fixed terms to secure annual rent income. 

The landlord is not required to offer you anything. If they don’t agree on the six month fixed term request, they may simply decide they will look for another tenant and ask you to leave.

I’m fairly certain to say that your landlord probably doesn’t want to look for new tenants, as this is a stressful and expensive experience for them, just as it is for you to move out. Thus, you have a fair chance of getting your point across.

Your landlord will probably hate it to have to evict you, using the full procedure. This is a bluff, which you can use to force your wish, however, if they call your bluff, you may end up having to move on a short notice or in the worst case scenario, end up homeless. 

Ultimately, it’s up to the landlord to decide, but your voice is a factor and you should be somewhat confident in your “ask”. 

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