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For the past four years my partner and I have been residing

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For the past four years my partner and I have been residing in rented accommodation. Each year, we renew the contract at the end of July. The term is for 12 months but includes a six-month break. We have recently been asked via email if we wish to renew for this year and agreed yes. However, we have just had an offer accepted to buy another property and longer wish to renew. Where do we stand legally on this?

Hello, I am Law Denning and I am a practising solicitor in a High Street practice. I have been an expert on this website in UK law since 2008. During that time, as you appreciate, I have answered thousands of questions from satisfied users on a variety of subjects.

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It is my pleasure to try and assist you with this today. Please bear with me while I gather some further information from you in order for me to be able to advise you fully.

Unless I have all the facts that I need, my answer would not be accurate.

Have you signed the new contract yet?

When did you say yes?

When does existing term end?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


We were asked via email if we wanted to renew the contract at the end of May with a slight increase in rent. We acknowledged via email on 22/05 that we would be willing to renew. The twelve month term ends on 31st July.

Thanks. In the past have you always had new contracts to sign?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Yes, every year.

In which case until you sign a new agreement there is no new tenancy.

I would email immediately and say exactly what has happened, how much you regret leaving, how happy you have been etc (lay it on thick) and that you will not be renewing after all and will vacate on X date.

If the Landlord thinks differently she/he, will have to take you to court. If I was advising the LL I would say forget it.

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