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When does the agreement end?
Is there a break clause?
Do you have the contract there?
Can you find a tenant to replace you?
That is a problem I'm afraid.
This is an AST and you are liable until the end. The fact that your circumstances have changed does not release you from the agreement.
I had been hoping you could rely on a break clause but there is none.
If you do leave unlawfully then the landlord is under a duty to mitigate his loss by seeking a replacement tenant and he will not get forever to achieve that. You would only be liable until a replacement is found. It is generally harder to find a replacement for a student in a shared house than an entire house although in some university towns there is a huge accommodation problem so it might be achieveable.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Your change of circumstances doesn't change your liability I'm afraid.
The fact that it is a single property might make it easier to replace you.
he would keep your deposit and potentially sue you giving rise to a CCJ.
They can get enforcement orders because this is a competent coutrt although whether they would or not is another matter.
Well, if they do sue then I'm afraid the only way to avoid action is to repay.
With your deposit it is not likely to come to that.
Unless, of course, it is a property unlikely to rent.