Tenant changing leaving date within 2 month statutory period?

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15:10 PM, 4th April 2016
About 3 years ago

Tenant changing leaving date within 2 month statutory period?

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Tenant changing leaving date within 2 month statutory period?

Our letting agents gave our tenant the required 2 months notice as we want to sell the property. She found another suitable rental property and asked to move out early, after 1 month. date change

We agreed and she contracted to move out after 1 month. The property is due to be listed for sale with vacant possession on the date she gave us. There are less than 2 weeks to go, and she is now saying she might need the whole 2 months as she is sick. We don’t know if this is true.

Having given us notice to move out after 1 month, does she have any rights at all to then extend to the 2 months? Should she legally honour the date she gave us and move out on that date?

If she is sick, we are not saying we would force her to move, but would like to know if she is legally entitled to change her mind and we have to give her the extra month, or if it would be totally at out discretion and we would be doing her a big favour.

If we did this, are there pitfalls we haven’t thought about?

Thank you for your help.

Paula



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Paula Morrow

3:26 AM, 9th April 2016
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Gary Nock" at "06/04/2016 - 23:23":

Thanks Gary,
We aren't really expecting a problem, we are expecting she'll be out by the 15th May, hopefully before if all goes well with her new place, but it's good to know the routes to go down if that falls through and she wants to stay on.
At the moment it's just an inconvenience, but that's ok, and we did think she'd have the right to stay til the date on the Section 21, but didn't know for certain, hence the posting.
Many thanks to everyone who's helped.
Paula.

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