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Wanting to leave fixed term early

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its I bit of a long story but basically my partner up and left last week. Leaving me and my two children in our rented house he works full time and I’m a stay at home mum at the moment Iv spoken to my letting agent and explained the situation she was really rude to me and said that I have to pay them 1000 to re let the property or stay and pay the rent. I explained that housing benefit doesn’t cover the full rent and I’m going to really struggle with this on my own. My parents have said I can live there until I can get a a job. She basically said its not her problem but will talk to the landlord and let me know after weekend. I can’t afford to pay 1000 I have no money I think it’s in the best interest of the landlord to get someone in that can actually afford the rent. Any advice would be much aprcaited thankyou 

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Firstly was the contract in both yours and your partners name? If so then unfortnately the whole rent is joint and severly liable meaning you are responsible for the remainder of the tenancy. The Landlord has no obligation to allow you to leave the contract early and may request you stay in the property until the end of the term; Regarding the Agents comments, unfortunatley again you may be responsible for the costs that the Landlord would incur should he have to remarket the property and in this case it seems it would be £1000 plus rent until a new tenancy begins.

Your only escape route on this would be if your partner is the sole tenant on the contract and you resided in the property as a permitted occupier. Under these circumstances you would not have an obligation to pay rent and would not be responsible for the remarketing / remainder of the rent.

I am afraid unless your situation is the latter then you just need to hope that your Landlord is sympathetic to your personal circumstances.

Hope this helps somewhat.


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