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I stated in writing to my ex-landlord on the 31st of March

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I stated in writing to my ex-landlord on the 31st of March that I would not be renewing my contract (on a periodic tenancy), but did not give an exact date. To quote: " I regret to inform you I will not be renewing my contract at***** and I will be moving out sometime next month", which was sent on the 31st of March.
He is now claiming that I have pay rent a month from when I informed him of my exact move out date, which was on the 20th of April, so he's expecting rent up until the 20th of May. I vacated the property on the 29th of April. It does not state this anywhere in the tenancy contract that this is the case.
He has since found a new tenant to move in on the 15th of May. He has informed me he plans to take out the 14 days worth of rent out of my deposit (as well as some miscellaneous cleaning costs for the property in general, which I was unaware of). The deposit is in a Deposit Protection Scheme. I have also made a decent effort to try and find a replacement tenant, even though I was unclear if this was my responsibility or not. I have evidence in writing in all of the above. He has also entered my room without my permission or 24 hours notice on at least one occassion (which I also have proof of). What are my options?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  F E Smith replied 7 months ago.
You have to give 1 months notice. The landlord has to give you 2 months notice.If you did not give him notice that you are going to move out on the particular date, 29 April, how would the landlord know when you were going to move out until you told him on the 20th? Until the 20th, how could he make arrangements to relet the property? Suppose you hadn’t told him on the 20th but had actually told him on 29 April.In response initially to your point about him entering in the room without your permission or notice, although it’s a breach of the terms of the tenancy agreement it would not be worth anything to you and is not worth pursuing now that you’ve left the property. It is debatable whether it’s actually worth pursuing even if you were still in the property.Best wishes

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