(Original post by Hypohamish)
The only part of my contract I can find that states about changing out the person bound to it (other than various parts that link to sections of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, which I can't really research easily) is as follows.
"IT IS AGREED AND DECLARED that in the event of any one or more of the persons named as the Tenant ("the Applicant") wishing to vacate the Property before the end of the term hereby granted then :-
(i) the Applicant must give one months written notice to the Landlord and nominate a third party (who shall be acceptable to the Landlords in all respects and as to which the Landlords shall have an absolute discretion whether to accept or to reject such person)
to assume the Applicants obligations under this agreement.
(ii) any acceptable third party must sign this agreement to indicate acceptance of its terms and conditions
(iii) only when (i) and (ii) are fully complied with shall the Applicant be released from his or her obligations under this agreement (including in particular the obligation to pay rent)
(iv) all the persons named as the Tenant are jointly and severally responsible for the payment of the whole of the rent and this applies whether or not the Property is fully occupied."
So to me it sounds like there's nothing legally binding that the others would have to sign off on a new tenant. This means I just have to continue my search for a new one. Luckily, my landlord is hearing my cries and has advertised the place officially through the university, so hopefully that'll attract some attention. To the classifieds I tell ye!