I'm looking for a little advice on how Section 21 notices work. I've been living in the same place for many years now, renting through an agent. I usually sign a 12-month contract to live here and inevitably at the 10-month mark every time I am issued with a Section 21 notice and hounded by the agents asking if I would like to renew for another 6 months.
I'm approaching the 10-month mark again now but this time I am actually planning to be gone by the end of the 12 months fixed term. What I want to know is, once I have been issued with a section 21 notice, do I still have to give my 1-month notice to leave? I've seen it discussed on various other forums but nobody ever seems to reach a conclusion.
Ideally, I want to avoid having to have the agents over showing people around every 2 minutes while I'm trying to pack my life up ready to go so if I do have to give the 1-month notice I'll leave it until the final day that I can issue it before I do.
From what I understand a section 21 notice is just the period *after* which the landlord can apply for an eviction notice so I think I do have to give the 1-month notice. I know the agents will be calling me every day asking for a decision so I just want to know what my rights are here and what's the best course of action for me.
I would be happy to leave a couple of weeks before the end of the section 21 notice expiry but from what I understand I would still have to pay the whole month's rent so I'll stick around and try and make my moving dates line up.
Thanks in advance!