Ending a tenancy agreement
This content applies to England only.
Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
If you rent a place and want to move out, you must end your tenancy agreement first.
Not ending the tenancy properly could mean you have to carry on paying the rent, even after you’ve moved out.
There are different rules on how you should end the agreement, depending on whether your agreement is for a fixed term (such as 6 or 12 months) or is 'periodic', meaning it rolls from week to week or month to month. It also depends on the type of tenancy you have, and whether it's a joint tenancy or not.
You can't usually get out of a fixed-term tenancy by giving notice - but you may be able to negotiate with the landlord or use a break clause. Find out how.
Most tenancies that have gone beyond the fixed term can be ended by giving 1 months’ or 4 weeks’ notice. Find out how to give notice to your landlord.