How to end a periodic tenancy

How to give your notice

Check your most recent agreement to see if it says how to give your notice.

You should either:

  • use registered post or recorded delivery

  • deliver your notice in person and get proof, for example, a signed receipt

Only use email if either:

  • your tenancy agreement says you can give notice by email

  • your landlord has agreed to accept notice by email and you have proof of this

The notice period runs from the day the notice arrives with the landlord or agent.

Use recorded delivery and allow enough time for it to arrive, if you post your notice.

Ask for a receipt if you deliver it by hand.

If you do not have an address for your landlord

Landlords must provide their tenants with an address for the service of legal notices. This could be an agent's office or somewhere else.

If your landlord has not done this, you may be able to find your landlord or agent's address on the:

  • tenancy agreement

  • deposit protection information

  • gas safety certificate

  • Land Registry

After you've given notice

You should be ready to move out by the end of the notice.

Your right to live in your home and responsibility for rent will end when the notice ends.

If you have missed rent payments, your landlord can deduct this from your deposit.

It's best to reach an agreement about any arrears because your landlord could still make a money claim in court after you've left the property.

Find out what else to do to avoid problems when the tenancy ends.

Last updated: 14 June 2023

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