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:
deposit protection information
gas safety certificate
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