How do I end my fixed term tenancy agreement?
Sue Parsons asks:
(updated on Thursday, September 25th 2008)
Our Experts Answer:
I suggest that you begin by discussing your situation with your landlord. A fixed term tenancy can be ended by mutual agreement, with the conditions of early termination being agreed by the parties. Your landlord may be willing to discuss ending your tenancy early in the circumstances. You may also be able to assign or sublet your tenancy, depending on the terms of your tenancy agreement.
Your ongoing responsibility for the rent and other costs you may incur in assigning or subletting your tenancy will depend on the terms of your tenancy agreement and the agreement reached by you and your landlord. If you are unable to reach a suitable agreement with your landlord about ending your fixed term tenancy, then you may wish to apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to have the term of your tenancy reduced. The Tenancy Tribunal could end a fixed term tenancy early if there has been an unforeseen change in the applicant.
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