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.
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 as long a notice period.
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.