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I just signed a lease rental agreement for new flat but due

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Hey I just signed a lease rental agreement for new flat but due to unforeseen circumstances I don’t want to move in anymore
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me where the property is located?
Customer: Will anything happen to me due to this sudden change
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: London I signed the contract but haven’t given deposit
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Nope that’s it to be honest
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

Hello, I'm an adviser with JA and I will try to help you.

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Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

Hello, what would be the move in date?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
26th of August
Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

Did you sign an assured shorthold tenancy?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I did
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
But haven’t paid deposit or anything
Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

And when should the deposit be paid under the contract? By the move in date?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
They’ve asked for it early but on the contract it says 26th
Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

And what would be the "unforeseen circumstances" that you mentioned?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I’m in hospital with a very difficult pregnancy with many complications I won’t be able to move and sort everything out in time
Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

When did you sign the contract?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

And you were hospitalised today?

Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

Can you please provide the clarification requested?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Sorry I don’t understand can you elaborate
Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

You say the contract was signed yesterday.

And that you are in hospital.

So I asked if you were admitted to hospital today.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

And what makes you think that you will be hospitalised for long? Did the doctor say you have to stay in hospital until when?

Expert:  TheLawLDN replied 15 days ago.

This service is not meant for legal advice, but I do not think that your current circumstances may represent an even classified as "force majeure" and could justify walking out of a contract signed only yesterday.

I recommend that you speak as soon as possible with a solicitor for legal advice on the situation, and they will assess your circumstances and see if you might find a way to avoid a possible liability.

There are still more than three weeks until the commencement date of the tenancy, and maybe your solicitor will be able to negotiate a termination by mutual agreement, even more if a replacement tenant can be found.

I hope this information is helpful and I wish you the best.

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