I have been renting a property for the past 7 months, unfortunately my landlord's business has faltered, and he has had to sell his house, as a consequence he wants to move into this one. He gave me the statutory 2 months notice, to expire on 29th June, but he now says because I didn't give him 1 month's notice at the right time, i.e. 1st May, and I want to leave 31st May, I will have to pay him the first week of June's rent of 200 pounds. There is nothing in the contract about this, but he says it has just come into force. He says he has every right to charge me the full month's rent, as in the notice to quit he sent me it was due to expire on 29th June. Is this right ? yours faithfully, Mrs. Anne XXXXX
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I assume your contract just says you have to give a month and not at any particular time please?
He says I should have told him by 1st May to be able to leave by 31st May and because I did not contact him until 7th May therefore I owe him rent unto 7th June
I do not understand why I should give him notice when he has already given ME notice
Its bad news I am afraid
If you pay monthly then the Landlord is entitled to 1 months notice
Therefore based on what you have said, you plan to give him 3 weeks notice
You can not do this
You MUST give him 1 months notice which if you gave it on 7th May then you DO have to pay to 7th June.
I know this seems unfair but the contract states he must give you two months and you must give him 1 month
By leaving on 31st May you are only giving 3 months, so sadly he is right
I am sorry if this is not the answer you wanted and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I still do not understand why I have to give HIM notice after he has given ME notice. I also do not understand the line that says 'By leaving on 31st May I am only giving 3 months notice' what does that mean?
Sorry, it is still unclear, it was not my idea to leave, he gave me notice to quit