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Sorry to have to ask this but had some bad news today from a tenant.
He basically says he is leaving in 19 days from now.
I had a look at the tenancy agreement and it says 30 days notice is needed and it
must be written - the tenant just told me verbally.
This will no doubt put me out and I was wondering if
there is anything I can do about it ?
Thanks in advance for any advice
You can deduct the difference from his bond but only until the end of the notice period or you have re-let it whichever comes first.
If you didn't take a bond you could chase him for it but likely not worth it.
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If they didn't put in writing to you- you can answer in writing to them. At the same time you can try writing to them about insufficient notice being given, perhaps along the following lines.....
I am writing to confirm that your offer of Notice in respect of the above-named property has been received. However, the date that you have offered to terminate your tenancy cannot be accepted for the following reason:
You have signed both a periodic agreement and our administration terms document in which you agreed, and are required, to give a minimum of a full calendar month notice to terminate.
I therefore take this opportunity to advise you that the final day of your tenancy will be:
I am sorry if this seems difficult but the rent due date is the 1st and this corresponds as the last possible date that notice can be given in the given period. You could’ve given it as long before as you wished, the first is simply the final cut off date. I hope you understand there has to be one........
and so on...
We try to personalise our correspondence. Mention that if their wish is to leave sooner than the due notice date you will try to re-let it subject to them being willing to vacate early and if a new suitable tenant is found they will then receive that proportion of their rent back.
For us this method proves successful and the tenant will pay for the whole month even if they still leave when they originally advised. Occasionally we can even replace them in a shortened lead time and refund the rent paid.
Good luck (worth a shot for an extra month's rent)