How to end a fixed term tenancy early
Options if you can't get out of your contract
You may decide to:
leave early anyway
wait until the end of the fixed term
stay and negotiate a rent reduction
Leave early anyway
You may decide to leave anyway even though you can't end your fixed term tenancy early. You may have already left.
Your tenancy will end automatically if the landlord lets the property to someone else. Once a new tenancy begins, you're no longer liable for rent.
You can help your landlord find a new tenant more quickly if you:
return the keys
explain you've left and can't pay rent
remove your belongings and leave the property in good condition
You're responsible for the rent until the property is rented out to new tenants unless you can:
use a break clause
agree a surrender
Keep negotiating after you leave.
Wait until the end of the fixed term
Many tenancies end automatically if everyone leaves by the last day of the fixed term.
Some fixed term contracts continue as periodic tenancies unless you give notice to say you're leaving.
Joint tenancies usually:
end if everybody leaves by the last day
continue if any joint tenants stay on without signing a new agreement
Find out more about options at the end of a fixed term.
Stay and negotiate a rent reduction
You might also be able to negotiate a reduction if repairs are causing problems.
It's important to keep paying as much rent as you can.
Find out how to deal with rent arrears.
Last updated: 6 October 2021