This is a great forum, I hope someone can help me!
I let my apartment to a tenant in September. He was a foreign student and paid 6 months rent upfront but then had an accident and had to return home unexpectedly after only living there for 2 months.
I asked the agent to re-market the property and a new tenant moved in 3 months after the original contract began.
The managing agent have just invoiced me for the three months rent where the new tenant had moved in, but I don't know if I'm liable or not.
The contract we signed says "The Tenant may bring the tenancy to an end at any time (but not within six months of the original commencement date) by giving the Landlord at least two months notice in writing from the rent due date". The same condition applies to the Landlord. There is no break clause in the contract, the exception being an early termination fee to be paid to the agent.
The agent is telling me that it's illegal for me to hold on to two lots of rent for the same period - but I can't find anything anywhere that confirms this - can anyone give tell me if there are regulations on this over and above my contract?