yo - so my workmate is buying a house, so is moving from renting to owning.
his landlord is a bit of a dick and has never offered a rolling contract, so each 6 months my workmate signs for another 6 months. His lease is coming to an end at the end of march, by which time it's very unlikely that he will be moved into his new house (offer accepted and mortgage agreed in principle, but the current homeowners haven't found a house to move into yet, so could go on for ages), so he wants to switch to a rolling monthly contract (with one months notice of leaving) when renting so he is in a flexible position to move. His landlord and estate agent are insisting he signs a six month lease, with a fine of £300 if he leaves the contract early, and with my workmate being liable for the remainder of the money owned on the lease if the landlord can't find anyone to live in the property in this duration (i don't see what incentive the landlord has to find anyone in this instance).
so... does he just have to suck up possible paying for maybe 4 or 5 months of renting a
property that he isn't going to be living in?