Thank you. I
obviously cannot deal with the emotional bits or their complete and utter lack
of sympathy. I can give you the legalities.
Legally, you have
to pay the rent until the end of the term, or until they get another tenant.
They are under a duty to attempt to get another tenant, and in this respect, if
you continue to pay the rent, there are attempts are probably going to be
half-hearted. I would therefore be reluctant to pay anything else unless they
issue proceedings or you get a letter from a solicitor.
If they accepted £2000
per month for early termination, they would only do that if they had another
tenant who was likely to going which means that they would have made a bit of a
windfall of £500 over and above the normal monthly rent.
At this stage in
time, I would see a solicitor and get a solicitor to write to the landlord
telling them that, there was an agreement whereby they took £2000 (which was
paid) in order to terminate the tenancy and therefore you are no longer
indebted to them.
If there was a
clause in the agreement, saying that you are responsible for the rent until
another tenant is found or until the end of the term, it begs the question as
to what the £2000 was for.
The solicitor can
also ask them what attempts they have made to get another tenant in because, as
I said, they are under a duty to mitigate their loss and to try to get another
At this stage, they
are due rent in respect of May and June and July (you say that you paid until
the beginning of May).
That would be
£4500, taking away the £2000 you paid already, and ignoring what it was for
allegedly, and taking away the deposit, they are virtually paid up to date.
As I said earlier,
you have actually not got a defence to the payment of the rent, but what you
can do is allege you vacated the property at the end of April and they have not
even been trying to get a tenant and therefore they are responsible for their
own losses and if this proceeds to court, you were raised that in defence.
I wish there was a
definitive answer to this but I am afraid that there is not.
What you are going
to have to do is bluff this one out a little.
I wish I could be
the bearer of better news, but least you have some ideas. I appreciate that it
is not the answer you wanted but there is no point in me misleading you. I have
a duty to advise you truthfully and honestly, even if that answer is
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