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    Hi, I wonder if anyone can give any advice please?

    My son has just finished his first year at uni, but has heard today he's got to do a number of re-sits in the summer. He's still debating whether to go for it and try a second year or cut his losses now. We'll back him either way and he's chatting to friends and weighing up his options very carefully.

    We do have a separate question about his accommodation for next academic year. He signed an assured shorthold tenancy agreement with five of his friends for 2016/17. The tenancy starts on 1 September.

    If he decides before 1 September - i.e. before his tenancy technically starts - not to go back to uni, is he still liable to pay a full year's rent as he's signed the tenancy agreement?

    If he does do his re-sits and is unsuccessful, it's likely he wouldn't hear until after 1 September, by which time the tenancy would have started anyway. So not sure what would happen there either?

    Any help / advice gratefully received. Thanks!
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    1. He is liable. Its a contract.
    2. The normal way this is resolved is by your son finding someone else to take over the tenancy and then getting LL's consent.
    3. He would be liable until then.
    4. A tenancy agreement may contain a termination clause, but normally student digs do not or at least not for these circumstances.
    5. it is always within the LL's discretion whether to hold the other party to the rent or agree to let him terminate. They might do so for a fee.
    6. Probably the cheapest way is to get another tenant.


    In terms of whether he resits, then he should look at his results, talk to his tutors and understand why he failed. If he simply wanst up to it, then he shoulc dut his losses and preserve his funing to go back to uni another time. You get one spare year, so he could do a full degree another time and get funded. If he goes into the 2nd year and quits then funding a different degree becomes much more problematic. Think about it veery carefully becayse its about spending £30k-£45k
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    @999tigger - Many thanks for replying so quickly. We weren't sure because the tenancy doesn't technically start until 1 September.

    He can maybe talk to his friends who are definitely going back in September and ask them to put the word out and hopefully get another tenant. Sounds like it will be good to start the discussion with the lettings agency sooner rather than later in any case.

    He got 2.1s in most of his course work (and a couple of 1sts) and his tutors thought he was doing well, but has traditionally always struggled in exams. He's got 3 exams to re-sit this summer, which seems rather a lot, especially as you say if he's going to struggle again next year and incur more debt. It's a real shame as he's really enjoyed the year, worked hard and made some good friends.

    I'm not sure if tutors are usually around over the summer? We've suggested he tries giving them a call anyway to see if he can get any feedback or advice.

    Thanks again.
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    @999tigger - Many thanks for replying so quickly. We weren't sure because the tenancy doesn't technically start until 1 September.

    He can maybe talk to his friends who are definitely going back in September and ask them to put the word out and hopefully get another tenant. Sounds like it will be good to start the discussion with the lettings agency sooner rather than later in any case.

    He got 2.1s in most of his course work (and a couple of 1sts) and his tutors thought he was doing well, but has traditionally always struggled in exams. He's got 3 exams to re-sit this summer, which seems rather a lot, especially as you say if he's going to struggle again next year and incur more debt. It's a real shame as he's really enjoyed the year, worked hard and made some good friends.

    I'm not sure if tutors are usually around over the summer? We've suggested he tries giving them a call anyway to see if he can get any feedback or advice.

    Thanks again.
    yes, he is definitely liable to pay... start looking for another tenant asap as it's generally hard to find replacements

    tutors technically work over the summer but many use this time to take holidays and travel a lot for work so you won't have the same level of help you would in term time
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    Another option would be that he drops out but continues with the tenancy and lives in his uni city and gets a job. Whether this is an option would depend on what he plans on doing if he drops out.
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    if he drops out he's still liable for the rent. If he stays in the flat and works he'll need to pay the community charge, can't expect his flatmates to do that. He should get the "single person" discount
 
 
 
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