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End of tenancy notices

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Legal requirements that must be satisfied for a notice to be valid when served in relation to ending a tenancy or licence. The requirements for a surrender of a tenancy.

The type of notice required depends upon the type of tenancy or licence.

exclamationFrom 27 March 2020 to 20 September 2020, ongoing possession proceedings were suspended to protect tenants and homeowners from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. See COVID-19 and housing for full details.

Landlords notices to quit

Where the landlord must serve a notice to quit (NTQ) to end a periodic tenancy (or licence) it must meet certain requirements to be valid 

Tenants notices to quit

A tenant can end a periodic tenancy by serving a valid notice to quit (NTQ) 

Notices: Secure tenancies

A landlord must serve a notice of seeking possession (NSP) on a secure tenant before applying to the court for a possession order 

Notices: Flexible tenancies

The notice a landlord must serve on a flexible tenant before applying to the court for a possession order 

Notices: Introductory tenancies

A landlord must first serve a section 128 notice on an introductory tenant before applying to the court for a possession order 

Notices: Demoted tenancies

The notice a landlord must serve on a demoted tenant before applying to the court for a possession order 

Notices: Assured tenancies

A landlord must serve a notice of seeking possession (NSP) on an assured tenant before applying to the court for a possession order 

Section 21 notices

Section 21 notice requirements for ending an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) without proving any ground for possession. 

Restrictions on use of section 21

The situations where a landlord cannot use the section 21 procedure to regain possession of an assured shorthold tenancy (AST). 

Notices: Regulated tenancies

Notice requirements for regulated tenancies 

Notices: Occupiers with basic protection

Notice requirements for occupiers with basic protection 

Notices: Excluded occupiers

Notice requirements for excluded occupiers 

Notices: Other types of tenancy

An overview of notice requirements for types of tenancies and licences not otherwise covered in the Notices section 

Surrender

The requirements for a surrender of a tenancy. 

Break clauses

What break clauses are and how they operate in tenancy agreements 

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