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  • Buy-to-Let

    Breaking your own tenancy ;)

    Hi All,

    Well, funny thing to be on the tenant side of the tenancy what you want to break.

    Basically, I am looking for strategies to end our own tenancy (where we are the tenants Smile) 4 months early, due to family issues. We leave the country too, so its not just moving to an other rental, or because we bought something.

    Obviously, we will start amicably and would try to negotiate with the landlord, I was thinking to first finding a tenant to our place, then if there is a rent shortfall, compensate the landlord. (rentals dropped here, so this might be the case)

    But, I dont know yet how he will react.

    He is also a bit on the negligent side, like not fixing a gas leak for weeks, I had to call my own plumber to fix it, came over a few times and told us there is no gas smell, haha. There are some other refurbs he has promised and has not done in 6+ months. I have all these recorded, photos, video.

    Still, I assume these are not strong grounds to break the tenancy, but might give us some leverage if things turn awkward.

    Any ideas, suggestions are much appreciated.

    Thanks much,

    Pete

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    Have you tried speaking to him, you don’t know until you ask. For all you know he could want the house back to sell.
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    Hi

    Personally, as a landlord myself, I would advice you contact the LL asap and make him aware you need to end the tenancy early. Giving as much notice as possible is key. I would be fine if a tenant did the same. No need to get funny with one another at all.

    Good luck

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    Definitely speak to the LL and have an open and honest conversation.

    Its happened to me a few times. Tenant signs an 18 month contract and then wants to leave after a year or so. In my situation, the tenant offered to re-imburse me the agents tenant find fee for the period that he would no longer be living there. They were also really amenable to me sending prospective tenants round to see if I could fill the flat before they left.

    From a landlords point of view, I dont really want anyone living in the property if they are unhappy and don't want to be there, so it is about trying to reach a compromise.

    Hope you manage to resolve your situation. Let us know how you get on

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