Hi @Stuart12, We’ll need just a few more details before knowing the answer to your question.
Did you originally sign a tenancy agreement for the whole property, shared with your original two co-tenants? Or did you sign individual agreements for each room of the property? It sounds like the former, so I’ll proceed on that basis, but let me know if the latter.
Secondly, when the original two tenants moved out, were the new tenants added to the tenancy, e.g. via a deed of assignment? If not, then it is possible that the original two tenants could still be held to their obligations as described in the original tenancy agreement (e.g. owe rent). The answer to this probably doesn’t matter too much as I’ll describe now below.
I’m assuming you’re in a joint assured shorthold tenancy with two other tenants that has become periodic due to the expiry of the fixed term. In this case, any single tenant can end the tenancy for all parties by serving a valid notice to the landlord, with a minimum notice period of one month, expiring on the final day of the rental period.
If you serve notice, and then the it expires, and you have moved out and have stopped paying rent, then that means the tenancy has been terminated for all parties. There will not be a tenancy anymore, so the remaining tenants will not owe any rent, unless they remain there and begin a new tenancy, of which you have no part.
In general, landlords only make tenants responsible for finding a replacement tenant if they are moving out within the fixed term, but you are moving out after the fixed term has ended. I’m not convinced you can be made to pay to ‘find new tenants’ in this circumstance. If it was me, I’d just not pay, and if the landlord tried to deduct this from my deposit, I would challenge this via the deposit scheme’s dispute resolution service.
Hope this helps - let us know how you get on.