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We let part of our house in February on a two year tenancy

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We let part of our house in February on a two year tenancy agreement with a one year break clause. The tenants paid us six months rental up front taking the rent paid to 11th August this year. However, they decided to move out during the summer holidays owing to school problems with their children. They gave us notice in June. They actually vacated the property on 31st July.
They paid a £2700 deposit at the beginning of the let but hadn't paid any service bills during the time they were at the property (council tax, gas , electricity, water etc.).
The bills they accrued during the time that they lived in the property amounted to £2982.70, therefore they owed us £282.70. They had paid for the 11 days in August that they weren't in the property which amounted to £958.00. They are therefore claiming that I owe them £675.30 which is the balance (£958.00 - £282.70 = £675.30).
Should I repay this money as it is a part month's rent?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 2 years ago.
Hello,

If there was a one year break clause, the tenants were tied in until Feb. 2015 were they not? Did you agree to them vacating prematurely on 31 July?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

We agreed to them leaving the premises and re advertised the house for rental. However, it was entirely their choice to leave the property on 31st July as we had incoming tenants wanting the property on 1st August albeit at a lower rental. They were anxious to fix up new tenants as soon as possible as they would be liable to pay the next months rent on 12th August should we not have another tenant.

Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 2 years ago.
Thank you Debbie,
As you agreed to them moving out early on 31st July and as you had new tenants move in on the 1 st August, it is reasonable to refund them the rent for the 11 days in August, so yes, it is fair that you refund them the money as requested.
Hope this helps

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