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Thank you. Unfortunately during the fixed period of the tenancy it is necessary for you both to agree in order to bring the tenancy to an end including making use of any break clauses. The position changes once the fixed period of the tenancy is at an end but from what you say this is some way off. Accordingly I regret you would need your co tenants cooperation in order to end the tenancy aarly using a breack clause however you can replace yourself as a tenant if you ca find a suitable replacement or ask the landlord to remarket your room himself subject to your being responsible for his reasonable costs of doing so.
Until such time as either you both agree to jointly exercise the break clause or failing which you replace yourself as tenant you will be jointly and severally liable with your joint tenant for the rent under the tenancy until the end of the fixed term. Hopefully you will be able to persuade your joint tenant to cooperate with you and failing which will be able to find a replacement tenant to replace you under the tenancy if he is not willing to leave at this point.
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No problem - the fixed term is the minimum length of tenancy (ignoring break clauses) which from what you say above in your case is 2 years. During this time both of you must agree to end the tenancy jointly. If your friend is willing to pay the rent on his own after the first six months this is of course fine - you are not a prisoner in the house. However you will remain liable for the rent with your friend to the landlord until you end the tenancy jointly or you are replaced as tenant.
If you trust your friend to pay the rent himself then this is of course fine. He will need your agreement to exercise the break clause at a later date. You may therefore be sensible to consider giving the landlord a signed break notice now dated for the date your friend wants to leave. Read the terms of the break clause carefull to ensure it is not restricted to being used at certain times during the tenancy. Providing it can be exercised at any time after the first 6 months then you can serve it at any time. You could either potentially give it to the landlord now or you could sign a break clause dated for the future before you leave so your friend can give this to the landlord later on.
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