At that time it becomes harder and harder to find qualified renters. Christmas is usually the worst time to put a rental (or a sale) on the market.
Without some compensation, the owner would not want to take the chance on having it vacant for multiple months after you move out in September/October. This year might be different because inventory has dropped and rentals are hot, but expect a "no".
It is possible but could be hard if there's another applicant who is willing to sign a year lease, the landlord would probably choose the year lease if all other things were equal. You may try an apartment or you can give me a call and I can direct you to our corporate housing department which specializes in what you are looking for.
I hope this helps,
I'd probably suggest apt, not house. Many of the apartments will allow shorter term leases....3-4-7 months.
You might even want to get in an extended stay hotel if you're not sure you want to move. If you decide to stay, then commit to something longer term.
For a 6 months lease it is normally difficult but it is negotiable.
The landlord could charge you extra for a short lease.
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