Hi guys, Bit of a speil, but here it goes.
I'm living in a flat near London, have been for two and a half years now. I'm in the middle of a 1 year lease with no break clause.
I'm working in aviation, and as you can imagine its been rough going since February, my wages are halved.
I had decent savings put away, 10% of my annual income.
When I took the hit on wages, I asked my landlord at the time for a temporary drop in rent of 15% to see me through the crisis, with the agreement to pay it back once I'm back on my feet.
No major deal, a bit ****, but liveable.
Then six weeks ago my employer has told me I'm moving to their Dublin base in mid June, and my contract will be terminated in London, meaning I lose government support or covid pay. This was unexpected for me as I'd kind of set up shop in England. I won't find another job now, so that's out of the question.
My savings are pretty much now gone into paying the rent and the massive cost of moving everything to Dublin, apartment finding and deposit, etc, etc.
I Informed my landlord straight away of the situation, was willing to let my deposit go as compensation for having to go so abruptly. I'm leaving here early June.
I thought with what's happening he'd be understanding and accept. He was not. He has said I must stay until the contract finishes, or if not, pay all rent and utilities and a re letting fee until a new tenant is found. Which would set me back thousands I legitimately don't have. I've told him I can't afford this. He's threatened to take legal action.
Now I know I am breaking the lease, and I could be lectured on the situation I may be putting the landlord in, but I've got no control over this, and I definitely can't pay for an apartment in London and Dublin on half pay.
Is there anything that might cool off my landlord or an agreement he may go for that won't ruin me?
I have to move, and I can't pay him any more than he has (£2500 deposit and £1000 advance months rent) and I accept that that money is gone.
Any help or advice appreciated. Thank you.