Moving house can be very stressful. We’re here to put your mind at rest and make the process easier. These are answers to questions we’re often asked.

How much notice do I need to give to end the tenancy?

The period of notice depends on whether the term of your tenancy is a fixed-term or periodic tenancy.  You can find this information in your Tenancy Agreement, or please feel free to contact your Property Manager.

What happens if I move out before my fixed-term tenancy expires?

A fixed-term tenancy can’t be terminated before the term is complete unless both parties agree.

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What happens if I move out before my periodic notice tenancy expires?

Generally, a tenant must give a landlord at least 21 days written notice when they want to end the tenancy. A landlord may allow a tenant to give shorter notice. This should be stated in writing.

What happens if the landlord wants to end my periodic tenancy?

Generally, a landlord must give a tenant at least three months (90 days) written notice to end the tenancy. However, there are some circumstances where the landlord is not required to give that much notice.

If the owner of the property or a member of the owner’s family requires the property to live in, or there is an agreement to sell and the buyer wants the property empty, then the notice period is 42 days.

If a landlord regularly uses, or has purchased, the property for their employees to live in, 42 days notice applies. However, the tenancy agreement must clearly state that the property is generally used for this purpose.

If 42 days notice is given, the landlord must include the reason in the notice to end the tenancy.

If a landlord gives a tenant notice to end the tenancy, then the tenant is entitled to continue possession of the property until the termination date. However, if the tenant chooses to move out sooner than that date, then they must still give 21 days written notice to the landlord. Sometimes a landlord will not mind the tenant leaving earlier but this must be agreed between them in writing.

It’s nearing the end of my fixed-term tenancy. What happens now?

A fixed-term tenancy automatically becomes a periodic tenancy when the fixed term expires, unless either party gives notice they do not want this to happen. This notice must be given no sooner than 90 days before the end of the tenancy, and no later than 21 days before the end of the tenancy.

If there is provision in the tenancy agreement for a right to renew, or to extend the tenancy and the tenant wants to take that up, the tenant must write to the landlord advising them at least 21 days before the fixed-term tenancy is due to end.

We will contact you to see if you want to renew your tenancy or if you are ready to move on. If you would like to renew, we will liaise with you and the property owner to see whether this will work for both parties. If you are moving on we will take care of this and organise the final inspection.

I’ve gotten a new flatmate during the term of my tenancy. What do I do?

Your new flatmate will need to complete an application form and supply references that meet our approval. We need to add them to both the tenancy agreement and the bond form. If a departing flatmate needs their bond back, you will need to arrange this and there is a charge for the transfer. Please contact your property manager before your new flatmate moves in and for any other help you may need.

Your final inspection

Once you have completely finished moving all your belongings, the property has been cleaned and the keys have been handed back, your property manager will complete the final property inspection. If there is anything your property manager needs to discuss with you,  they will be in contact. For example, you may be asked to complete additional cleaning or garden work to our satisfaction before your bond is returned.

Property viewings

If you have given notice to vacate the property we ask that you give us access to show prospective tenants around. Of course we will always give you notice and arrange a time to suit you. A property manager will always attend any viewings to show prospective tenants around the property.