When you sign a tenancy agreement, you are bound to the terms set out in the agreement. This usually means you must live in the property and pay for the entire term as stated in the contract.
Depending on the type of contract you have, your agreement might include a break clause which states how you can end your tenancy before the end of a fixed term. If you do not have a break clause, you can always negotiate ending your agreement with your landlord.
If you live with multiple other housemates under a joint agreement, breaking your contract could end the contract for everyone living in the house with you. To avoid this, you are normally expected to find a replacement tenant to fill your contract. If you do this, you will need to speak to your landlord about the replacement tenant. You can advertise your room by placing an advert on University Accommodation adverts, asking friends, or posting on social media.
At the end of your fixed term you will need to make sure the property is clean and all rubbish is removed from the property.
Before you move out, it’s important to check you have:
On your last day:
Your landlord will likely provide you with final communications or a check-out list of items that need to be completed when handing in your keys.
The landlord should refund your deposit as soon as reasonably feasible after the end of your tenancy and, if it is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST), they must do so in accordance with the rules of the particular protected scheme they are using.
If the landlord does not return your deposit, you should contact the relevant tenancy deposit protection scheme as they will handle any disputes.
If your deposit was not placed into a protection scheme and you disagree with charges, contact Student Advice Team at the Student Hub.
Find out about Court action for a tenancy deposit refund.
Your landlord cannot threaten to evict you for requesting repairs in the property.
If your landlord wishes to evict you, they are required to follow necessary steps. Find out how to Get help if you're being evicted.
If you think you may need alternative, emergency housing arrangements, please get in touch with the Advice Team at the Student Hub.
If you’re moving out before the end of your tenancy and you're not going to return to the property you should arrange a time to return your keys to your landlord. This may involve you dropping keys off rather than someone meeting you at the property.
Your landlord or agent would normally attend the property with you to check the state and condition of the property, but due to the current situation that may not be possible.
If you have a joint tenancy, that check can only be done when all tenants move out.
You'll still need to clean your room and the common areas of the property and make sure it's in at least as good condition as when you moved in. Your landlord is responsible for doing any further deep clean required under the coronavirus legislation and you don’t have to pay for that.
You will have to maintain social distancing while moving out. See the government guidance for moving out during the pandemic.
You must remember to remove all rubbish from the property. You can make an appointment at a recycling centre to dispose of rubbish.
If you’re moving out before the end of your tenancy and any further rent instalments are due you’ll still be responsible for paying these.
If you're responsible for paying for utilities and any other bills such as broadband, television licence etc you should let them know you’re moving out of the property. You may still have to continue paying if you have a fixed term contract set up with them that would take you to the end of your tenancy.