If you are trying to use a break clause, you must respect the exact text of the clause. In some cases, this can be a challenge, as it is not uncommon for break clauses (and leases in general) to be mis worded. I strongly agree that landlords are generally best served when they have a tenant who wants to be there and pays them what is due. As a general rule, the duration can be 6 months, one year, 2 years, 3 years, so the break clause in such an agreement is a way out. When developing or negotiating the break clause in your lease, make sure it is clear how long it will take before it can be implemented by both parties. Most break clauses have specific requirements for them and specify that a certain way of notifying a notification should be served. These requirements and rules are unique under the terms of your lease – they can vary considerably from owner to owner. It seems to me that your landlord is actually violating the agreement, he will indicate the names of the tenants and most tenants have rules about customers, how long they can stay, etc. It should be noted that the lessor is not required to obtain a court order for detention if an insured short-term tenant activates a break clause and does not resign. However, if a tenant is an occupier with basic insurance or a flexible tenant (a form of secure rent granted for a fixed term) who activates a break clause, the landlord needs a court order if the tenant does not withdraw. Section 3 of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 requires the lessor to obtain a court order only after the termination of a tenancy agreement and the tenant continues to reside where the tenancy agreement „is neither a statutory tenancy agreement nor an excluded tenancy agreement.“ The definition of a „statutoryly protected tenancy agreement“ includes a short and guaranteed fixed-price lease, but not a secure or flexible tenancy agreement (or a tenant with only basic insurance).  The details of the activation of a break clause are clearly stated in the AST.
And break clauses can usually be activated at any time as soon as they become active. If your break clause starts after six months, you should be able to activate it at any time after the six months. So if the owner is trying to get you out and you don`t want to leave, it seems reasonable to me to argue that the termination clause does not expire until the end of 6 months. Owners think they can write any old crap in a lease, but that doesn`t make it valid or enforceable. As a tenant, you should carefully read the fine print of your rental agreement. Make sure you fully understand the effects of a break clause. If there are no provisions for early termination of the lease, you can require that a break clause be included in the lease negotiations. Without a break clause, the S21 would be kicked out of court, but some owners think it`s worth sending if it pushes you to leave. Thank you for all your advice! I really appreciate it. It is very likely that we will accept the two-month break clause. However, it is important to note that for the first 6 months of the lease, the lessor does not have a guaranteed right to possession with a break clause (i.e., a break clause can only be applied after 6 months), unless there are due reasons (e.g.
B rent arrears). Again, thank you, no idea of the HMO thing, (my fundamental understanding is that it`s the same thing as the tenant is common.) Leech is not on rent, so has not changed, the actual rent only helped to break it.