I realise this topic has been discussed previously, but unfortunately I do not feel confident/understand completely the responses provided to date.
I am 11 months into a 15 month fixed term AST, which includes a mutual break clause. I was hoping to use the break clause to leave 13 months into the contract, however re-reading the clause, the wording is not completely clear.
I believe it is a standard clause used by Openrent, and it goes:
11.5. Any time after twelve months of the initial fixed Term of this tenancy (or after a similar period following a fixed Term extension to the original tenancy) either party may invoke this break clause by providing a minimum of two months written notice to the other (such notice to expire on the last day of a rental period of the tenancy). At the end of such notice the tenancy shall end and all obligations and responsibilities shall cease; subject nevertheless to any claim by either party against the other in respect of any breach of any of the terms and conditions of the agreement.
Can you let me know that if I was to notify (by letter and email) the landlord now (i.e. 2 months before I would like to move out in Month 13) using the mutual break clause of my intention to “invoke” the mutual break clause in Month 13, would this end the tenancy on the date in Month 13 I have requested to end the contract and would this therefore cease legal requirement to pay Month 14 & 15 rent payments.
If the above is not the case, I would be grateful for guidance on the earliest possible time I could notify and invoke the break clause.