Thank you to those of you who have suggested how we could get out of paying the rent for the month after we move out.
The lease is a legal document and it is stated there in that if the rental is terminated before the end of the 6 month period the remainder of the rent to that date MUST be paid. It is enforceable in law. Both solicitor and CAB have endorsed this. It is our choice that we are moving before the end of the lease and we are liable for the rent up to that point regardless of what is happening.
Yes we could cancel the standing order and make her take us to the small claims court, but that would mean an entry against our credit rating which would stay for 6 years. We have an excellent credit rating and an entry would bar us from renting another property, if we needed to, in the future.
We do appreciate that people are angry on our behalf and are looking for ways to help us, but that is the situation.
Yes we could have waited until the beginning of August and started looking then. The rental market in Melton is very buoyant and properties are going at a fast rate. We liked this house and where it is, could afford it and so we bit the bullet.
We need to be out and settled, this time we know for sure that it is a long term let and it has been written into the contract.