How to end a periodic tenancy

How much notice

You can give your landlord a legal notice called a 'notice to quit' to end a rolling tenancy.

This is a more formal option. Your tenancy will end legally if you follow the rules on how much notice and where to send it.

A legal notice must:

  • be in writing

  • give the right amount of notice

  • end on the correct day

Here is an example of a notice to quit.

A legal notice ends your tenancy and your right to live in your home.

Joint tenancies will end for all tenants even if only one of you gives notice.

You can't withdraw a valid notice if you change your mind, although your landlord may agree to let you or other joint tenants stay on.

Minimum notice periods

You need to give at least:

  • 1 month if your rent is due monthly

  • 4 weeks if your rent is due weekly

You can usually give the minimum notice to end your tenancy if your most recent agreement does not mention a longer notice period or if you've never had a written agreement.

You may still need to give more than the minimum notice to make sure it ends on the right day.

If your agreement says you must give more notice

Your agreement might say you have to give more than the minimum notice. This is called a 'notice clause'.

For example, your agreement might say you have to give 2 months' notice.

A notice clause might not apply after your fixed term has ended but sometimes it will.

When will the longer notice apply?

The longer notice period will only apply if either:

  • you never had a fixed term agreement

  • your agreement says it continues as a contractual periodic tenancy after the fixed term

You can ignore a notice clause in your most recent agreement if both:

  • your fixed term has ended

  • your agreement does not say that it continues as a contractual periodic tenancy

Try our webchat service if your landlord or agent say something different, or you're unsure what your agreement means.

Work out your tenancy end date

A legal notice must end on the first or last day of your tenancy period.

Your tenancy period depends on how often your rent is due.

The first day of your tenancy period is the day your rolling or periodic tenancy started. It's often the day after any fixed term ended.

It could be the date your rent is due but it won't always be this date.

Example if your rent is due monthly

If your tenancy started on 15 May, each month:

  • the first day of your tenancy period is the 15th

  • the last day of your tenancy period is the 14th

You must give at least 1 month's notice ending on the 14th or 15th of the month.

Example if your rent is due weekly

If your tenancy started on a Tuesday, each week:

  • the first day of your tenancy period is Tuesday

  • the last day of your tenancy period is Monday

You must give at least 4 weeks' notice ending on a Monday or Tuesday.

If you're not sure what date to write

Don't worry. You can include a 'savings clause' in your notice.

A savings clause is a legal sentence in the notice. It means that if you get the date wrong, your tenancy will still end legally on the next possible date after the date in your notice.

Our example notice to quit includes a savings clause.

Last updated: 28 July 2021

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