Any tenants thinking about ending a tenancy should take note that whenever they change, renew or end their rental agreement, they need to do it properly. Giving notice in advance to your landlord will help avoid problems or issues, such as deductions from your tenancy deposit.
If you are planning to end your tenancy, do refer to your tenancy agreement to know how much notice you need to give your landlord before leaving the property. When and how much notice you need to give will depend on the type of tenancy you have.
Here’s a simple guide on how to end your tenancy the proper way:
Check what type of tenancy you have
- Fixed term tenancy
A ‘fixed term tenancy’ ends on a certain date (such as 12 or 18 months).
If you have a fixed term tenancy, you have to pay your rent until the end of your fixed term. Remember that you can’t end a fixed-term tenancy early unless your landlord agrees you can leave (called ‘surrendering the tenancy‘) or there’s a break clause in your tenancy agreement.
If your tenancy agreement states that you can end your tenancy, this means you have a ‘break clause’. It will indicate:
- when the break clause applies (for example 6 months after your tenancy starts);
- how much notice you are required to give
Note: Some break clauses might have other conditions you are required to meet, so you need to read it carefully.
A fixed term tenancy usually ends automatically if you leave the rental property by the last day of a fixed term contract, however, you should first check your tenancy agreement. It might state that you are still required to notify your landlord if you intend to leave on the last day. This will avoid problems with references or deductions from your tenancy deposit.
- Periodic tenancy
Periodic tenancy (or rolling agreement) is a type of tenancy that rolls from month to month, or from week to week and has no set end date.
You would know that you have a periodic tenancy if your tenancy agreement:
- doesn’t indicate a fixed end date
- has an end date but you stayed after it passed and didn’t agree to a further fixed term
Check your tenancy agreement to determine the notice period. If your tenancy agreement doesn’t state a notice period, you must provide your landlord at least:
- 1 month’s notice for a monthly tenancy
- 4 weeks’ notice for a weekly tenancy
Tenants should give the notice to their landlord in writing. If you are renting from a letting agent, you can request from them the landlord’s information (such as the address where you can send the letter).
Before moving out, make sure that you pay your bills, such as electricity, gas, water and council tax. Get in touch with the utility provider and inform them of the date you will be leaving.
Cleaning the property before moving out
It is important that you clean the rental property and leave it in the same condition as when you moved in, otherwise you will more than likely be charged for cleaning by your landlord.
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