Here's the facts:
- I live in the UK.
- My fixed period tenancy agreement finishes at the end of december
- A periodic tenancy starts on january
- I want to move out at the end of the year
- Due to reasons I was only able to give notice now
- Tenancy agreement says I have to give two months notice before end of fixed period tenancy ends if I want to move out at the end.
- Landlord says I'm liable for first month's rent on periodic tenancy.
From what I've read here(Statutory periodic tenancies), The fixed period tenancy and the periodic tenancy are actually two separate tenancies,
According to this (1. If the Tenants Have Moved out), if I move out at the end of the fixed period then the second tenancy ceases to exist.
Also according to this (Ending a tenancy) I can:
If you have a fixed-term tenancy, you can leave at the end of that tenancy without giving notice.
So with all that in mind:
- Am I liable for the first month of periodic rent?
- Can the landlord refuse to give me back my (fairly substantial) deposit or even take the rent from the deposit should I refuse to pay the periodic rent?
Image of the Term & Termination clauses from contract:
According to that the Periodic Agreement only activates should I remain in the property after the end of the Fixed term agreement.