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Firstly, you do not need to sign the new agreement with the new amount. You can simply refuse to do so. The landlord then has the option to either keep the rent at the same cost as you already pay, or serve you notice to leave, which is no hardship as you are leaving anyway.
If your original tenancy was for a fixed period and that has expired and you have still been renting, then you would be periodic tenancy. That means that you notice period would normally be the same as per the rent ie if you pay monthly then one months rent, the exception to this is if the tenancy agreement states otherwise. If it says two months then that is the requirement.
You can negotiate with the landlord to leave a month early, or are to pay for the month you are not there.
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Signing a new tenancy may tie you in for a longer period.
There are no loopholes, what is stated in the tenancy is legally enforceable.
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