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Wanting to move out of your accommodation early can happen, sometimes things do not go your way, whether that is issues with the property itself, issues with your housemates or other factors. However, there are certain things to be aware of before you decide to leave early.

What can you do?

The most important thing to be aware of is that your tenancy agreement or housing contract is a legally binding document. This means you have to stick to the terms of it and are legally liable to pay the rent for the time agreed.

Some contracts will have what is known as a “break clause” in them, which will allow you to leave your contract early. Usually these will allow you to terminate your contract after 6 months of being there but may also have additional conditions attached such as a one- month notice period. This may also be called an “early termination” clause.

You may be able to speak to the landlord and come to an agreement that if you find a replacement tenant, you will be able to leave the contract – this can be a fairly common compromise.

It is definitely worth being sure of your contract and your rights about leaving early before signing a new agreement as you may find yourself liable for 2 rents – you definitely want to avoid this!

This information is valid for all housing agreements, including halls of residence and private rental housing.

For more information, please see the Shelter website. Shelter is the UK's leading specialist housing advice charity. For specialist legal advice you can also contact the University of London Housing Service who offer free consultations for LSE students or your local Citizens Advice centre.

What can we do?

If you are unsure about the practicalities of your contract or rights around moving out,please do get in touch and one of our advisors will be happy to provide you guidance on this.

Where to find us

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

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020 7955 7158

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