I'm in process to sign a contract for a flat. The conditions written are the following: one year with no break clause.

Before signing I'm trying to find out the following information.

  • Is there in UK a cooling off period after the signature of a rental contract to break it? (e.g., 1 week)
  • Is there a way to break it before the 1 year is over? Is mutual agreement the only way?
  • If you don't like the fact there is no clause to break the lease, tell him before hand and add it. – Putvi Oct 30 '19 at 19:27
  • I've tried, but it's the only form of contract offered, so I'm thinking before signing. – abc Oct 30 '19 at 19:29
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    Sorry they won't do it for you. You should prob find somewhere else to live then. – Putvi Oct 30 '19 at 19:30

No, you can not break the lease early without an agreement or their would be no reason to have a lease. You would just pay by the month.


If you aren't sure you want to live there for the whole term of the lease you should probably keep looking.

  • Thank you, This answers the second question. What about the first? – abc Oct 30 '19 at 19:35
  • It answers both, no, you can't get out of the lease without agreement. – Putvi Oct 30 '19 at 19:37

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