How a tenant can end a tenancy

Rules on when a tenant can end a tenancy, including fixed term and periodic tenancies.

This content applies to England
  • Occupier's notice to quit

    A tenant can end a periodic tenancy or licence by serving a valid notice to quit (NTQ), with rules depending on the phase of the tenancy.

  • Break clauses

    Break clause in the tenancy agreement gives the landlord or tenant the right to end a fixed term tenancy before the expiry of the fixed term period.

  • Surrender of a tenancy

    Requirements for an express surrender by deed and for the more common implied surrender by operation of law.

  • Tenant ends an assured tenancy

    An assured tenancy can be ended by the landlord regaining possession, tenant giving up the tenancy or if the tenancy stops being assured.

  • Tenant ends an assured shorthold tenancy

    An assured shorthold tenancy can be ended by the landlord or tenant or if the tenancy stops being assured.

  • Tenant ends a secure tenancy

    Ways of terminating secure tenancies by landlords or tenants or when conditions of a secure tenancy are no longer met.

  • Tenant ends a flexible tenancy

    Different ways of terminating a flexible tenancy by landlords or tenants and the change of the tenancy type on expiry of the fixed term.

  • Tenant ends a regulated tenancy

    Ways of terminating a regulated tenancy by tenants and the changes that happen at the contractual or statutory tenancy stages.

  • Occupier ends a basic protection tenancy or licence

    Eviction of occupiers with basic protection and notices if an occupier wants to leave depend on whether they have a periodic or a fixed-term agreement.

  • Tenant ends a local authority demoted tenancy

    Different ways of terminating a local authority or housing action trust demoted tenancy by landlords or tenants.

  • Tenant ends a PRPSH demoted tenancy

    Different ways of terminating a PRPSH demoted tenancy by landlords or tenants and the change of the tenancy type on expiry of demotion period.