Changing home before contract expires: what to do

Changing home before contract expires: what to do

Do you need to move because you have changed courses of study or have you simply discovered that you live with real CDMs (we know you know what that means!) that make your life more distressing than an exam?

If you have tried everything but nothing has worked, it is time to escape from that house. But how does one move house before the lease expires? Here is a brief summary:

How to cancel a lease before it expires

Enough is enough: sometimes it is just not possible to hold out under certain circumstances and with certain people until the contract expires.
To escape to less unhappy situations, we must proceed carefully and terminate the lease before it expires.

As we have already discussed in detail in the article on How to proceed with lease termination before the expiration date, the first thing to do to terminate a lease is to know one’s own notice periods, which you will find in your lease document; generally for a regular 4+4 contract you require as much as 6 months’ notice to the homeowner but sometimes there is a clause (to be requested at the initial time of signing the contract) that can reduce it to as little as 3 months.

Once you have ascertained how many months’ notice you need, it is important to notify the homeowner of your intentions and motives as soon as possible, either informally or, soon after, officially.
To make your notice official, all you need to do is send a registered letter with return receipt to your homeowner, where you put your intentions and reasons (which by law must be “serious” or at least tangible) in black and white.

The day you go to the post office to send registered mail will correspond to the day your “countdown” to freedom begins, that is, the beginning of your notice.
Maintaining a good relationship with the landlord is a key element of the whole contract termination process, but it becomes especially so now that, by law, you must obviously continue to pay room rent for the aforementioned 6 or 3 months.

In fact, only through good dialogue can you convince the landlord to let a new roommate take over immediately, whom you will have taken it upon yourself to look for and who can live in your room immediately, paying for those months in your place.
Also, do not forget that the owner must put the deposit that you paid at the time of the takeover and that he can avail himself of this security deposit to repair any damage that may be present in your room or the rest of the house, if he or she deems it necessary; that is why even in this case, cordial dialogue is always essential.

Taking over a lease: costs and modalities

Now that you have left hell behind, it is time to carefully search for a new place to live.
To avoid the risk of finding yourself in an unpleasant living situation again, always remember the ten questions to ask when visiting an apartment and, of course, be prepared on how and what it would cost to take over.
To support you in these final bureaucratic steps that separate you from a better off-campus life, read our detailed vademecum for dealing with taking over a student lease and don’t forget these key points:

  • Read the lease agreement carefully (check for the above short notice clause).
  • Fill out the
    F24 Elide Form
    within 30 days of your takeover, for a cost of €67.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of a private writing between roommates to establish for all intents and purposes the date and manner of your takeover, validating it with a 2€ stamp.

Now that you have all the tools you need to change your arrangement as soon as possible, we just have to wish you good luck!

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