Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary – now available on iPlayer22:10 PM, 18th March 2019
About 2 days ago 92
I had a tenant whose tenancy ends at the end of Nov, who actually left, checked out and handed back keys at the end of Oct, one month earlier.
I then had my letting agent find a new tenant and started her tenancy at mid Nov, two weeks before the previous tenant’s tenancy ends.
Therefore I expect
– the old tenant pays rent upto end of Nov as in the previous tenant’s tenancy agreement
– the new tenant pays rent from mid Nov as in the later new tenant’s tenancy agreement
However my letting agent argue that I can’t take rent from the old tenant, as soon as a new tenancy starts, which I find very odd.
The old tenant is responsible for his/her obligation of paying rent till the end of the tenancy they agreed. They may leave the property earlier, but are obliged for their rent in full. If they did leave early and give back the possession of the property to the landlord, landlord can decide what ever fit to do which has absolutely nothing to do with the previous tenant’s rent etc.
Is there any legal clause that saying the landlord has to refund the rent to the old tenant once a tenant is found? I never agreed or instructed to the letting agent or the previous tenant for a refund etc.
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