Asking for a break clause

Hi all!

I’m new here but also urgently looking to find a property in central London. I have read all the other topics about this but none of them answer my question. My question is simple:

Is it standard procedure to have a 6 month break clause in a 12 month contract? If not, is it generally accepted/agreed to by the landlord to ask for a break clause to be added to a tenancy?

My issue is that I am looking for something for approximately 6 months but will quite likely need something after that. I hate being tied down so would like the freedom to leave even if I won’t necessarily do so. What are my chances of being able to negotiate said break clause or is it entirely dependent on the landlord?

Thank you for your help!


It is for OpenRent. We include a 6 month break clause in our ASTs as standard. This can be removed if the landlord and tenant wish, however.

Probably quite high! Break clauses are a common term to include in a tenancy agreement.

Hope this helps,

Hi Sam,

That is perfect. Thank you very much for your prompt reply!

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