Breaking your lease

If you want to move out before your tenancy agreement expires, breaking your lease may be the best option if you can afford the lease
breaking costs.

The costs you could be liable for include:

  • a reletting fee (usually 1 or 2 weeks’ rent on a pro rata basis) if the property is let by an agent and the agent charges your landlord a reletting fee for finding new tenants
  • advertising costs
  • rent until new tenants move in, or until the end of the fixed term (whichever happens first)

You should give as much written notice as possible (keep a copy of your letter), stating the date that you plan to vacate and asking your landlord (or their agent) to fi nd a new tenant.

Your landlord must take all reasonable steps to find a new tenant as soon as possible. You should only pay rent up to the day that you move out. Your landlord is more likely to make an effort to find new tenants if they won’t have any
rent coming in after that date.

If your landlord makes a compensation claim for lost rent, it can only be for the period between the date you moved out and the date that the new tenants moved in.

If you think that your landlord’s compensation claim is unreasonable, don’t pay. They will have to apply to the Tribunal and at the Tribunal hearing you will have a chance to dispute their claim. (See ‘Disputing the claim’ for more information.)