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Terminating a Lease - lawyers/renters please advise.

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Astrophe · 29/04/2007 21:36

We need to end our lease at our current place as soon as possible. Our lease ended months ago and we are paying month by month. Our agreement says we need to give "one month's" notice of termination - does anyone know if that means 30 days, or one month from our payment date?

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jules99 · 29/04/2007 22:28

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TheBlonde · 29/04/2007 22:33

I would expect it to be one calendar month from the date you give the notice

QueenofBleach · 29/04/2007 22:36

Our tenants gave notice and it was one month from the date they gave, they stayed for a week longer and payed that money.

Astrophe · 29/04/2007 22:46

Oh dear, just discovered another thing that says "The notice period must expire at the last day of the rental period" - so that sounds like a pay period?

Rent is due on the 16th, so even if we give notice now we will have to pay until 16th June do you think? Its 6 weeks away

On the other hand, it also says "tennant...can give one months written notice to expire at any time after the fixed rental period has ended" (ie our original 6 month contract)

Oooohhhhh!!! Grrrrrr. Confused!

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chocolateteapot · 29/04/2007 23:01

I understood it to be one month's notice given so you will leave at the end of the 6 months if you are doing it during the original contract ie you can't leave after 5 months, or if after this time as you are now, one month from the date you hand your notice in. I'd check it out with the CAB.

Astrophe · 29/04/2007 23:05

who is the CBA? (Sorry, am an expat)

Our 6 months expired months ago btw, just a month by month now.

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Frizbe · 29/04/2007 23:06

Astro, usually with rental contracts it is the months notice by the pay period......did you pay a bond? just thinking if you give notice now, then they make just decide to take the remainder out of your bond (under the new laws, this will not be possible in future) make sure your new landlord opens the new gov account, they need to by law! HTH's?

chocolateteapot · 29/04/2007 23:07

Sorry, Citizen's Advice Bureau, they should be in the phone book and should be able to help you with things like this for free.

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Astrophe · 29/04/2007 23:24

Yes, thanks for the link and the info, although not really whant want to hear!

Yes, its does sound as if the notice has to be a full pay period month (in our case 16th-16th), but then this this 'can expire at any time' clause as well.

I guess we could just give a months notice and see what they say? If they decide to take our bond they would have to tell us first yes?

We don't have to move and can push it back if we must, but its complicated and will be at a very bad time for us.

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