How to end a fixed term tenancy early

If you cannot get out of your contract

You might decide to:

  • leave early anyway

  • wait until the end of the fixed term

  • stay and negotiate a rent reduction

Leave early anyway

Your tenancy will end automatically if the landlord lets the property to someone else. You're no longer responsible for rent when a new tenancy starts.

You can help your landlord find a new tenant more quickly if you: 

  • return the keys

  • explain you've left and cannot pay rent

  • remove your belongings and leave the property in good condition

You're still responsible for the rent until the property is rented out to new tenants.

Keep negotiating after you leave.

Find out what could happen if you do not end your tenancy properly.

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

It's important to keep paying as much rent as you can. 

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Last updated: 26 September 2022

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