I have a tenant who has been open about trying to find his own place to buy and then move out so I knew his tenancy was temporary. He whatsapped me in March '21 saying he may have found a place to buy, but haven’t heard from him since. Today I was notified that he is leaving on 10 June (16 days from today) as he is completing on that day and he will arrange for a new tenant to take his room. Now the last point was discussed before and I did mention that I would be grateful if a new tenant can be found, but 16 days are simply not enough for me to terminate one tenancy and start a new one, taking into account referencing and checks etc. Just as I made it clear that I cannot accept a tenancy termination on 10 June, he finally emailed me giving me written notice, but is still insisting on him moving out on the 10th as he notified me via WhatsApp back in March that his plan was always to move out in the “next few months”.
This to me is not a valid reason to shorten the 2 months notice period, what can I do if a tenant is adamant that he is entitled to leave earlier than that?
I am currently stuck abroad and am unable to be on-site. I also don’t have access to a lawyer, which I thought I should not need to dispute the above point…