Originally Posted by full forward
If you have a dispute with the landlord use the small claims court. Most landlords wont bother to show up which means you win.
Originally Posted by Victor
If you are likely to be staying for only a short time, explain this to your landlord. If you sign a one-year lease, the landlord can hold you to it.
Quote from Page 9 -> A tenancy agreement or lease cannot take away from rights and obligations provided for in the Residential Tenacies Act 2004 and if it purports to do so, that provision is rendered void. The landlord or tenant cannot contract, or be contracted, out of the rights or obligations of the Act.
Therefore if you are entitled to give notice and leave thereafter, then my interpretation is that the landlord cannot make you pay for the remaining part of the lease.
Always ensure that your landlord is registered, in my experience there is less chance of your landlord being a conman!