How to end a fixed term tenancy early
Use this guide if you:
want to leave a fixed term tenancy early
have already left early and want to end your liability for rent
It has been updated following the coronavirus outbreak
Use this guide instead if you have a rolling or periodic tenancy. You probably have this type of tenancy if your fixed term has ended already, or you had a rolling contract from the start.
When you can end a fixed term early
You can end a fixed term tenancy early if you either:
use a break clause in your contract
negotiate a surrender with your landlord
If you've not moved in yet
You still have a contract with the landlord even if you've not moved into the property.
There's no 'cooling off period' for tenancies so you'll probably have to negotiate.
Your landlord might be more willing to release you from the contract if the tenancy hasn't started yet.
For example, if you were going to move to a new area for work but your plans have changed because of coronavirus.
Find out if you can end the tenancy before you move in.
Last updated: 13 January 2021