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My flatmate has gone through a lot of personal issues & wants to leave our flat at the end of November. Our contract finishes 5th January. I've told our estate agent that she wants to leave & they've said that unless they find someone to take over our flat (I was going to leave at the end of the contract, can't find someone for the remaining month and can't afford the flat myself!), we are liable to pay the last month's rent to cover December - January.

 

I am really worried as firstly, I had a bit of money at the start of the month & consequently paid the remaining three months rent on the property. I have asked for December's rent back (£500) as it isn't due yet, & I would rather know I have it back if we're leaving in November. I'm worried they may now try to hold on to it. I am also really worried that my flatmate won't pay her half of the rent in December if the estate agent doesn't find anyone. What happens at that point?

 

I am really worried and anxious that I am going to lose out financially in a BIG way over this. My flatmate is fairly self-involved and I don't think she'll care what happens to me and my money. I want to protect myself - but am not sure how!

 

Any advice would be VERY gratefully received!!!

 

Thanks in advance :)

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Assuming you have signed a single contract that makes you both joint and severally liable, I would be very surprised if the LL/LA gave you the December payment back. I would even go as far to suggest that they would be foolish to give it back, if I was you LL/LA I certainly wouldnt given the cirrcumstances.

 

If they do refuse to give it you back, then your only option would be to take your ex-flat mate to small claims. You have no recourse against the LL/LA and no practical way of forcing them to give it back.

 

For future reference, dont pay other peoples liabilities under forced to do do so.

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If that's the case, then can I tell the estate agent to take the extra £500 and keep it as the full payment for November from both of us (and then get my flat mate to give me her £500). That way I know if they fill the flat I'm not losing out financially & won't have to have a battle to get my money back.

 

I'm not planning on skipping out on them, I want to do everything by the book. I'm just really scared that I'm going to be left out of pocket because of the selfishness of my flatmate. I just want to try & protect myself.

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One thing you may want to bear in mind is that you may have become financially associated with your flatmate in the credit files. You need to get this sorted out as you could be burdened with their old debts 'by association'...

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Didn't even think of that! Although I check my credit report fairly regularly & I didn't have any financial associations a week ago & have been in the flat for 4 months, so I think I should be ok on that score - but definitely something to bear in mind!

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