I'm asking on behalf of a friend. I don't have the contract to copy in relevant clauses.
A landlord proposes to change the rental agreement. The new clause states that when a tenant leaves, they pay rent if the property is unoccupied. This way the landlord does not have a void period.
My inclination is that this is not enforceable, because the former-tenant would be paying for a service that they do not benefit from. Also, this website offering tips to mitigate void periods does not list this tactic, implying that it is at least uncommon.
My questions are:
- Is this type of clause legal/enforceable?
- What is this type of clause called? N.B. I found it hard to conduct my own background research, as I don't know what to search for