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My tenant of 5 yrs gave notice to me on 15th Jan. Her rent day was 30th of month and she gave her leaving date of 28th Feb. Tenant did not give written notice, she told me by phone, but I confirmed by letter that I had received her notice and her leaving date was 28th Feb. She then said she would be leaving before the end of her tenancy but she sent her cheque to pay until end of Feb and asked for her deposit to be released.
She dropped off her keys with letting agent, flat was in good order, new tenants lined up to move in 1st March. I told agent to release her deposit. Then her cheque is returned to me as stopped. Tenant claims she has been told someone else is now living in the flat and refuses to pay last months rent. I realise I have made mistakes in not getting written notice and releasing her deposit before the end of the tenancy but no-one is in the flat until 1st March. Tenant thinks she doesn’t have a contract because she hasn’t signed one since she moved in. She was on a periodic tenancy. Could you please tell me, is the tenancy officially ended when the keys are given in and the deposit returned or on the last day of tenancy? Is it worth me chasing this debt?
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