I’m hoping someone can offer some advice. I am currently just over one month from the end of a fixed-term under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (ending on 10th January 2021). We have not signed any renewal agreements, just said to the landlord we are considering moving out, possibly in early Feb. Our contract says that we have to give the landlord 2 months notice to leave the tenancy, but my understanding is that this is courtesy, rather than law (i.e. if we moved out 1 day before the end of the fixed term and returned the keys, there’s nothing they could do e.g. demand rent).
We have found a new house we would like to move into before the end of the fixed term and plan to give the landlord a month’s notice as soon as we have confirmed this new home.
I’m worried that they will try to withold our deposit to compensate for the “financial loss” of us not giving 2 months notice. Is this possible/legal?
Appreciate any advice - happy to give more information on the wording of the contract!
Thanks in advance.