Problem with pulling out of a contract on a lease... :(

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Found 6th May 2008
I really want to pull out of the contract I've got for next month which will last a year on a 4 bedroom flat (sharing it with 2 friends- We're all students)

So, basically my problem first started when one of them took about 2 months to sign the contract!

He has now came up this freaking ingenious idea to not pay rent as he wont be living there until he comes back in september!
Eventhough our contract has begun and he has signed to say he has to pay from june 22nd.

I have the opporunity to move in to another place, with more people...

Would anyone happen to know where I stand on backing out of my current proposed flat?
for example if I do opt not to move in do I have to pay rent for it? Or will I lose my deposit?

to make it worse the land lady is a lawyer!! aaagh, this is ridiculous

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if you have signed the contract then no you cant just get out of it, the only you can is to be honest with the landlady

You will lose your deposit. The law is stacked in favour of the landlord. Ours ran off to America with our deposit and a month's rent when our house was set on fire. We tried to get the money off the agency we paid our rent to through the small claims court but they found against us and we lost all our legal fees too. The minute you sign a contract you're at the mercy of your landlord I'm afraid.

Original Poster

Just found sometihng else out!!! aagh! apparenly some boy is now moving in to the 4th room that I haven't even met before! this is ridiculous

I'm currently feeling as if i should just forget about the deposit and back out as i really can't trust them!

never mind, aslong as I know i'm doing everything by the book!

I've been referring back to the estate agents every few months about what is happening!

I guess I'm best off waiting to see what happens!

it's ridiculous what the other 2 are up to, it's such a nice flat too

thanks for your help
xx

:thinking:Unfortunately you have most probably signed a 'Jointly and severally responsible' contract. This means that each of you is liable for the other and if e.g. you 'disappeared', your flatmates would be responsible for paying your share of the rent.

You are between a rock and a hardplace.

The only fair way of sorting this out is for you to find someone to replace you and they take over your position.

Hope this helps

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michaelmakro;2041818

:thinking:Unfortunately you have most probably signed a 'Jointly and … :thinking:Unfortunately you have most probably signed a 'Jointly and severally responsible' contract. This means that each of you is liable for the other and if e.g. you 'disappeared', your flatmates would be responsible for paying your share of the rent.You are between a rock and a hardplace. The only fair way of sorting this out is for you to find someone to replace you and they take over your position.Hope this helps



uhuh, i believe that is what we have signed, I've just told the girl that's in charge of the flats that he cant not pay as it's in our contract that he has to! and it'll put us in jeopardy if he doesn't pay rent.

I might do that, see if they can get someone to take over my place

it has been helpful, thank you!

I'll rep everyone soon... ran out for the day

xx
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