Ending (an already signed) tenancy agreement before it renews? What are my rights?

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My circumstances have changed and I am planning on taking a gap year and moving out to a smaller, more affordable property. My issue is that I have already signed an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) for the next academic year, September 2021 until the end of August 2022.

I wanted to know what are my rights in this because I am not quite sure I understand fully the info on Citizens Advice. My contract does not have any clauses about terminating the agreement as a tenant, it only details the circumstances in which the landlord would be permitted to seek eviction of the tenant. I.e. I don't have the so-called 'break clause'.

I would hope that since my next rental period has not yet started, I could just hand in my notice that I will be leaving the premises by the end of the contracted period. Though, I am wary that I already have signed the agreement for the next year along with a guarantor. I slightly fear that they may continue to demand rent, either from myself or just from my guarantor.

Once I have all other details confirmed I plan on approaching my agency and discuss this in detail. I do want to be prepared for it though, I want to know what are my rights and obligations in this situation so that I am not taken advantage of.
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(Original post by Silent0239)
My circumstances have changed and I am planning on taking a gap year and moving out to a smaller, more affordable property. My issue is that I have already signed an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) for the next academic year, September 2021 until the end of August 2022.

I wanted to know what are my rights in this because I am not quite sure I understand fully the info on Citizens Advice. My contract does not have any clauses about terminating the agreement as a tenant, it only details the circumstances in which the landlord would be permitted to seek eviction of the tenant. I.e. I don't have the so-called 'break clause'.

I would hope that since my next rental period has not yet started, I could just hand in my notice that I will be leaving the premises by the end of the contracted period. Though, I am wary that I already have signed the agreement for the next year along with a guarantor. I slightly fear that they may continue to demand rent, either from myself or just from my guarantor.

Once I have all other details confirmed I plan on approaching my agency and discuss this in detail. I do want to be prepared for it though, I want to know what are my rights and obligations in this situation so that I am not taken advantage of.
I would maybe try and get a free half hour consoltation ( spelt wrong sorry) at a solicitor and get some proper advice
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(Original post by Silent0239)
My circumstances have changed and I am planning on taking a gap year and moving out to a smaller, more affordable property. My issue is that I have already signed an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) for the next academic year, September 2021 until the end of August 2022.

I wanted to know what are my rights in this because I am not quite sure I understand fully the info on Citizens Advice. My contract does not have any clauses about terminating the agreement as a tenant, it only details the circumstances in which the landlord would be permitted to seek eviction of the tenant. I.e. I don't have the so-called 'break clause'.

I would hope that since my next rental period has not yet started, I could just hand in my notice that I will be leaving the premises by the end of the contracted period. Though, I am wary that I already have signed the agreement for the next year along with a guarantor. I slightly fear that they may continue to demand rent, either from myself or just from my guarantor.

Once I have all other details confirmed I plan on approaching my agency and discuss this in detail. I do want to be prepared for it though, I want to know what are my rights and obligations in this situation so that I am not taken advantage of.
Hi Silent0239,

That sounds stressful, dealing with student housing can be a pain!
Unfortunately what you have signed is legally binding, so the landlord/letting agency would be within their rights to demand payment. Without any clauses the only way you can get out of the contract is if the landlord agrees to terminate it.

Fortunately there are some ways around this. Its worth asking around if anyone needs housing for the coming year, and if so you can offer them your room. Often (but not always) a landlord is happy to move the contract from you to someone else, as long as you've found someone to live there instead.
I'd recommend doing that as soon as possible as it will be easier to move things about if it isn't last minute.
It would be worth emailing the landlord/letting agency and asking them if this would be okay, or even if they can possibly let you out of the letting agreement (although this is unlikely).
Hope this helps.
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My circumstances have changed and I am planning on taking a gap year and moving out to a smaller, more affordable property. My issue is that I have already signed an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) for the next academic year, September 2021 until the end of August 2022.

I wanted to know what are my rights in this because I am not quite sure I understand fully the info on Citizens Advice. My contract does not have any clauses about terminating the agreement as a tenant, it only details the circumstances in which the landlord would be permitted to seek eviction of the tenant. I.e. I don't have the so-called 'break clause'.

I would hope that since my next rental period has not yet started, I could just hand in my notice that I will be leaving the premises by the end of the contracted period. Though, I am wary that I already have signed the agreement for the next year along with a guarantor. I slightly fear that they may continue to demand rent, either from myself or just from my guarantor.

Once I have all other details confirmed I plan on approaching my agency and discuss this in detail. I do want to be prepared for it though, I want to know what are my rights and obligations in this situation so that I am not taken advantage of.
When did you sign this contract? If it was more than 14 days ago (so outside of any cooling-off period), it's likely that you will have to find a replacement tenant in order to get out of the tenancy - presuming your tenancy agreement is a fixed term one.
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I would contact Shelter urgently for specialist housing advice.
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I've also signed a 6 months fixed term tenancy which I want to get out of. I'm hoping that if another tenant is found it won't be a problem as long as the rent is paid? But I have no guarantor so if I moved out, would they go after the others for the rent instead?
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