How to end a periodic tenancy

You need to give the right notice to end a periodic tenancy.

Check what type of tenancy you have

Most private renters are assured shorthold tenants.

Some have a fixed term contract and some have a periodic tenancy.

A periodic tenancy rolls on monthly or weekly with no end date.

How much notice you need to give with a periodic tenancy depends on if it's:

  • statutory periodic 
  • contractual periodic 

You may need to look at your last written agreement to work out which you have.

Statutory periodic tenancies

You have a statutory periodic tenancy if:

  • your last agreement had a fixed term
  • the end date has passed and you still live there
  • your agreement didn’t say that it would become a periodic contract at the end of the fixed term

How much notice?

You must give at least:

  • 1 month's notice for a monthly tenancy
  • 4 weeks’ notice for a weekly tenancy

This also applies if you don’t have a written agreement and your tenancy has always been rolling.

Contractual periodic tenancies

You have a contractual periodic tenancy if your last agreement was either a:

  • rolling contract with no end date
  • fixed term tenancy with a clause that said it would become a periodic contract when the fixed term ended

How much notice?

You need to follow what your agreement says about notice.

It may say you need to give a longer notice, for example 2 months.

The end date on your notice

You can give the notice at any time.

To be valid, a tenant's notice must end on the first or last day of a tenancy period.

This won’t always be the same as the date you pay rent.

Monthly tenancies

For example, if your tenancy began on 15 May:

  • the first day of the tenancy period is the 15th
  • the last day of the tenancy period is the 14th

Your notice would need to end on the 14th or 15th of the month.

Weekly tenancies

For example, if your tenancy began on a Tuesday:

  • the first day of your tenancy period is Tuesday
  • the last day of your tenancy period is Monday

Your notice would need to end on a Monday or Tuesday.

You might need to give more than a month or 4 weeks’ notice to make sure it ends on the right day.

How to give notice

You must give notice in writing to your landlord or their agent.

It should include:

  • your name and address
  • landlord or agent's name and address
  • the date your notice period ends

Check your last written agreement to see where to send your notice.

Don't send it by email unless your contract says you can.

If the contract doesn't specify an address, you can send it to your landlord or agent. Use recorded delivery or ask for a receipt if you deliver it by hand. 

Example notice

Here is an example of what you need to write:

NOTICE TO QUIT

To: [your landlord or their agent's name and address]

I, [tenant’s name], of [tenant’s address]

Give you notice that I intend to quit and deliver possession of the premises at [address of the tenancy.]

On [insert a date which is the first or last day of your tenancy period] or on the day on which a complete period of my tenancy ends next after the end of 4 weeks from service of this notice.

Signed: [your signature]

Date: [insert the date that you give the notice to your landlord]

If you don’t know your landlord’s address

You may be able to find your landlord or their agent's address on:

  • your tenancy agreement
  • your tenancy deposit protection information
  • the gas safety certificate
  • the Land Registry

Last updated 24 May 2019 | © Shelter

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