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Giving Notice on a 2 year lease.Whats the Law

Posted by lutondave - Created: 8 years ago
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Posted by Nigel Howarth - 8 years ago

Hi Dave,

Just to back up what everyone else has said - get the contract translated and find out what arrangements there are for early termination (if any).


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Posted by johnners-660966 - 8 years ago

Hi Dave,

You need to find someone who is fluent in Greek and English (preferable written and spoken) to translate this for you. Then discuss it with an independent lawyer who specialises in this area of law. Only then can you make an informed decision.

I wouldn't say anything to the landlord just yet as they could tell you anything knowing you aren't fluent in Greek.

I know hindsight is a wonderful thing but why, as Yoshik asked, did you sign a contract you couldn't read and therefore understand?


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Posted by lime-676998 - 8 years ago

That entirely depends on the construction/interpretation of the contract. If there is a specific clause to deal with the matter, then that clause applies. If no specific clause is provided, the matter is interpreted in the following manner:

1) Is the contract for the entire duration or the maximum duration - in other words, does it say somewhere (or is it somewhere suggested) that the contract cannot be terminated before the end of the two year period.

2) If the contract is for the maximum duration (i.e. no suggestion that it cannot be terminated before the expiry date) it is treated as a rolling contract from payment to payment (i.e. if you pay each month, it is a rolling contract from one month to another until the expiry date on the contract). In other words, it is automatically terminated if you refuse to make any future payments from any period.

Oh, btw, if it is a rolling contract, my suggestion is NOT to inform the landlord about you decision to terminate until it is a few days before the last date covered by your payments. The reason is - landlords are a vicious bunch and they may cause you A LOT of trouble even if law is on your side (e.g. changing locks while you away and keeping you belongings - Cyprus police is utterly useless in such situations)

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Posted by Yoshik - 8 years ago

One must ask why sign a contract if you do not understand it. I run 6 companies here, and although my Greek is passable, all contracts are bi lingual.

In these circumstances I suggest you might be best talking with your landlord or agent.

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Posted by soph-678689 - 8 years ago

as far as i was aware if you leave before the contract expires you are liable for the remaining rent unless you can find someone to take over the contract.