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Ending a tenancy with your tenant

April 19th 2021
By: Davis Tate
Ending a tenancy with your tenant

Ending a tenancy 

There may be a variety of reasons you want to end a tenancy. Whether it's because you are moving back home, because you have decided to sell or you need the property back for another reason. 

Whatever the reason, there is only one lawful way to end a tenancy and that is to serve notice on your tenant.

It is a common misconception that the tenancy will naturally end, at the end of the fixed term and this isn’t actually the case.

Whilst a tenant could leave at the end of the fixed term without giving notice, for a landlord to end the tenancy, notice needs to be served on the tenant. This will usually take the form of either a Section 21 or a Section 8 Notice, dependant on the circumstances.

The notice needs to be served, using the correct documents and ensuring all the correct procedures have been carried out during the tenancy, these include (but not limited to) serving the Gas Safety Certificate to the tenant, and ensuring the deposit is correctly registered and the prescribed information was provided within the relevant time frames plus a whole host of other checks that need to be carried out.

Ending a tenancy for a landlord is no simple task!

You also need to bear in mind that the current notice period that a Landlord needs to give a tenant is generally 6 months, with the exception of a few shorter periods for very extreme circumstances. This extended notice period is due to stay in place until 31st May 2021

Our qualified and experienced property management team are always on hand to help guide landlords through this process.

If you need to discuss your future plans thencontact your local lettings specialist and they can provide you with tailored to information to suit your circumstances.

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