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How to end a periodic tenancy

Agreement with your landlord

You could agree a tenancy end date with your landlord or through the agent.

This is a less formal option than giving a legal notice. It can give you some flexibility about when the tenancy ends. For example, if you're buying a house.

You do not always need to give a legal notice if you can agree on the tenancy end date. But it's important to get any agreement in writing. For example, in an email.

You can only end a joint tenancy in this way if everyone agrees.

How to agree on a tenancy end date

You could email your landlord or agent and:

  • explain that you'd like to move out

  • ask how much notice they'd expect

  • suggest a provisional move out date

Some landlords are more flexible than others.

For example, your landlord could agree that the tenancy can end part way through a rental period, or they might insist that you pay rent until the end of your tenancy period instead.

The more notice you give, the more flexible landlords should be.

Make sure you confirm your agreement in an email or letter so you're both clear about when you intend the tenancy to end.

If you leave by the agreed date

Your tenancy ends legally. It counts as a 'surrender' of the tenancy as long as it's agreed in writing.

Find out about what to do when you leave your rented home.

If you can't move out by this date

Let your landlord know as soon as possible if your plans do change. For example, if an offer of a new tenancy falls through.

This type of arrangement won't usually end your tenancy and you can stay on as a tenant.

Can't agree on a tenancy end date?

You can still end your tenancy by giving your landlord a legal 'notice to quit'.

Last updated: 14 June 2023

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