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Hi, by signing the AST you are legally bound to pay the rent for the full term, so if a Tenant wishes to break the Agreement early, I'm afraid that it is normal for these charges to be made, and you will have to either accept it or face the possibility of the Landlord not allowing you to break the Agreement early. On a side point, normally, Landlords will allow a Tenant to break the Agreement early provided they pay rent until a new Tenant has been found, and signed the new Agreement. I hope this assists and sets out the legal position. Kind Regards Al
If there is a fee, which is noted in the contract, which says that you must pay when you vacate, then that is enforceable.
However if they want you to vacate the property on 24 August, then you are only liable for rent until 24 August. The same applies to the electricity and council tax and I suggest that you make sure you make a note of the meter reading on the day and take a photograph of it.
Can I clarify anything for you?
You haven’t mentioned that you were leaving early.
You are actually liable for the rent until the end of the term or until the landlord gets a new tenant. Hence, it doesn’t matter when you move out, you are liable for rent until a new tenant moves in.
The landlord is under a duty to try to get a new tenant which it appears that he has done.
You would therefore be responsible for that period between you moving out and the new tenant moving in. You would have to prove to the satisfaction of a court, if this ended up in court, that the landlord had deliberately delayed the new tenant going in to get you to pay rent during the period of the cleanup.
You are correct that the landlord would have to stand those costs if you had gone to the end of the term, but you have not gone to the end of the term.
It is debatable whether you are liable for the advertising fees to get another tenant because the landlord would have had the advertising fees in any event when you left, the only difference is that he is paying them sooner rather than later.