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Complicated, so I will try to be as concise as possible.

 

I recently left a tenanted property. I was in a 'holding over' situation - my landlord knew I was looking for another property and I had kept him fully informed.

 

I gave more than a month's notice in writing as per contract, with a verbal proviso with the landlord that if they found other tenants who could move in within that time, there would be a pro rata rebate on the rent. I was moving to another property halfway through the month's notice.

 

I got my full deposit back (I left the property immaculate and cleaner than when I arrived) and agreed to hand over my keys 3 days early in my notice period to facilitate the landlord touching up paintwork etc. - basically being nice.

 

On the day of handover at the property - I found the landlord had already let himself into the property to do minor works. I asked the landlord directly if he had any tenants moving in. He said no. Lo and behold I find out that tenants have moved in later that day - meaning that effectively he has rented the property for those 3 days twice.

 

Not only is this a breach of trust (he lied) - surely this is not legal? Also, would I be liable for any damage to the property during those 3 days?

 

I look forward to your replies and possible help.

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Damage - no, you would not be liable.

 

Rent you are basically due back. However, the question has to be, is it worth it for the sake of 3 days rent, to go through the hassle of court etc?

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I could always try the option of telling the landlord that I know what has happened and shaming him into giving me the 3 days rent. This could obviously predjudice my chances of getting a decent reference if I need one in the future.

 

The daily rental rate gives a figure for 3 days of £49.00.

 

I think it is a matter of principle and basically don't like being lied to, although you are right about weighing up principle vs £49!

 

I look forward to your comment and thank you for your comment so far.

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