I signed a secure short rental agreement, agreed withdrawal date, deposit paid, notification of the old property, 3 weeks to go and rental agent says that the owner has removed the property and returned the deposit of not living anywhere now, the lessor can do this, because a signed lease is certainly a legally binding contract, if vice versa, owner can claim compensation, so is the same for the potential tenant from whom the carpet was removed at a late date under him. The comments above have been very helpful, but it seems that it is more difficult for owners, even for the good ones. My tenant didn`t pay me 16 weeks` rent. It finally agreed to solve this problem by signing an agreement, a notification of departure if it does not respect the agreed solution. A duel contract that covers n0a termination of the lease. .