Thank you for your question and patience, I’m Tom and I’ll try to help you.
Because the tenancy is now a statutory periodic tenancy, the landlord must give two months clear notice with such notice to expire at the end of a rent period. As tenant, you must give one months notice with such notice to expire at the end of a rent period.
So, the earliest that you could serve a valid notice would be to expire 2nd August. This is the only other expiry day of a rent period would be 2nd July, but of course you cannot serve one months notice to expire on that day because we are so close to it. Therefore, the earliest valid notice that you could serve would be to expiry on 2nd August.
So, because of this you would be bound to pay the rent for the rest of the notice period (whether relying on the notice that your landlord has served, or any notice that you serve).
I’m afraid that the landlord is correct in that you will be bound to pay the rent even though they have served a notice expiring on 2nd August because you cannot serve a valid notice that expires any earlier than this date.
I am sorry.
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