My tenant was 3 months into their contract (6 month ast), messaged me to say, due to family issues and unforseen circumstances they were going to be moving out early and this would be their last month living in my property (turned out the tenant was homesick and wanted to move back to be with family).
I explained that they still legally had 3 months remaining and that they would still be liable to pay all rent until the end of the contract, but I would advertise the property and try and find a new tenant immediately, and if I managed to do so they would no longer be liable for rent as of the new tenants start date. I also advised them I would have additional costs to find a new tenant which would be £79 and I would expect that cost to be covered up front, which they agreed to.
Thankfully a new tenant was found and moved in a month later. My question is, does the tenant who broke their contract forfeit their deposit money or does it have to be returned please?
Due to various things, I was unable to inspect the property after the tenant moved out, and the new tenants moved in the same day and have reported some damages, so if I was keeping the deposit on the grounds the tenant broke their lease early, this would allow me to cover the costs of these repairs just about.
Ooh and the tenant has just messaged me saying their new landlord maybe requesting a reference from me.