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What To Do If Your Tenant Wants to Leave Early

Although tenants in your property are legally obligated to remain in their tenancy until the term...

Although tenants in your property are legally obligated to remain in their tenancy until the termination date of their tenancy and will be responsible for paying the rent in full up until that point, there are times when you may find that your tenant wants or needs to leave earlier than the agreed end date on their tenancy agreement.

Although this may be incredibly frustrating for you as the landlord of the property, there’s no need to be harsh and unreasonable if your tenant approaches you with the view of leaving early, despite having a period of time left of their agreement.

As experts in dealing with landlords who have flats and houses to rent in Sutton Coldfield, we’ve put together some tips on how you can deal with the situation and what you can do.

Not the End of the World

It may seem like it’s the end of all things when your tenant decides that they need to move out of your property, but it doesn’t have to be.

Unless the tenants have told you the reason for needing to leave early, it is unfair to treat them as though they are making you lose money by preventing them from leaving.

It’s best to just accept that they have had a change of circumstances beyond their control rather than get angry. Focus yourself and start looking for more tenants to fill their spaces- after all, you’d be doing this at some point anyway!

Take Advantage of their Notice

Be thankful that they’ve given you some notice before they move out so that you can use it to your advantage.

Because they are leaving before their time is up on their tenancy agreement, it isn’t unreasonable of you to ask them to be flexible when it comes to allowing viewings of potential new tenants for the property.

This is a great way to compromise with your tenants and will help you fill their places before they have actually moved out. Many tenants will give at least a month’s notice which gives you plenty of time to get your house back on the lettings market and find yourself some brand new tenants.

Make Other Comprimises

While it’s all well and good agreeing to let your tenants leave early from their tenancy agreement, it’s important to cover your back too and ask them to compromise with you.

Just like asking them to be flexible when it comes to viewings, there are various other reasonable conditions that you can ask your leaving tenants to comply with. These could include:

  • Paying rent until new tenants are found – which doesn’t usually take too long.
  • Helping you find replacement tenants
  • Keeping the house in a presentable manner even if they are packing and being mindful of the building that they are leaving behind when moving furniture.

These aren’t unreasonable compromises, and you will probably find that your tenants will be happy to comply if it means that they can leave earlier.

Although it is a very stressful time, finding replacement tenants to replace those who want to leave isn’t as hard as many landlords fear. Our experts here at Belvoir Sutton Coldfield are able to help you find the perfect tenants for your property in the shortest period of time.

If you’d like to find out how we can support you as a landlord in the Sutton Coldfield area, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling 0121 321 3388 and we will be more than happy to help you.

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