Tenant’s Notice to Quit (for Common Law Tenancy)
This Tenant’s Notice to Quit (for Common Law Tenancy) can be used by a tenant to bring to an end a periodic residential tenancy which is not covered by one of the statutory regimes.
An example of a tenancy which is not covered by a statutory regime is a tenancy at a rent of more than £100,000 per year. Another example is a letting of property that is not used as the tenant’s only or principal home.
This Notice cannot be used during the fixed term of the tenancy. The Tenant will not be able to terminate the tenancy during the fixed term unless there is a break clause (also called an option to determine).
The Notice must specify a date on or before which the Tenant intends to vacate. Where rent is paid monthly, at least one month’s notice must be given. Unless the tenancy agreement says otherwise, the termination date must fall at the end of a rental period. For example, if rent is payable on the 3rd day of each month, the last day of the rental period is the 2nd day of any month. If rent is paid weekly the tenant must give 4 weeks’ notice and the tenancy must expire on the last day of the week (e.g. on a Sunday if rent is paid every Monday).
The Notice should be delivered by hand or sent by recorded delivery. Note that the notice period begins from the time the landlord receives the letter, not when the letter was posted. If you are posting the letter, remember to allow 2 or 3 days for delivery.
The Notice asks the landlord to acknowledge receipt and reminds the landlord to inform the tenant about check-out procedures and to return the tenancy deposit (if one was taken).
Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.
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