Can a Landlord Refuse a Rolling Contract In the UK?

Landlord Protection Can a Landlord Refuse a Rolling Contract In the UK?

Can a Landlord Refuse a Rolling Contract In the UK?

A rolling contract generally refers to a contract with no defined termination date but instead rolls over perpetually, only ending at the request of one of the involved parties. As a tenant, a rolling contract is convenient in that you can end your tenancy by giving the landlord a notice at the time of your choosing.

Such an arrangement places the landlord at the mercy of the tenant, and few landlords would be willing to relinquish such control, which begs the question.

Well, that might take some convincing. Luckily,  can pursue the issue on your behalf and seek a mutually beneficial solution. We can also offer insight on acceptable annual rental increments if you face a potential rise in rent or want to kick out a roommate.

When Do I Have a Rolling Contract?

You have a rolling contract or what is otherwise known as a periodic tenancy if you have never had a fixed-term tenancy that specifies the period of your stay. The rolling contract also applies if your fixed tenancy has ended, but your contract has continued to roll on.

You could take advantage of this loophole by not renewing your fixed term tenancy, but the landlord could issue a section 21 to evict you.

Can a Landlord Refuse a Rolling Contract?

Landlords can be uncomfortable getting into rolling contracts as it can present uncertainty to their income stream since the tenant has the option of packing at their convenience, subject to notice. Therefore, most landlords would prefer a fixed-term tenancy that guarantees a regular income for a specified period. A fixed-term arrangement also saves them the hassle of looking for a new tenant to fill the void left.

However, just as they can refuse a rolling contract, you can incentivize them to accept such an offer.

How to Get a Landlord to Accept a Rolling Contract

A rolling contract is convenient to you as a tenant, especially if you have plans and do not wish to be tied to a fixed-term tenancy. For instance, if you are looking to buy a home soon, having the freedom to leave when your plans come to fruition is an option you would certainly want to have. While the landlord may be opposed to it. You could attempt to incentivize them by making some concessions, such as

  1. Offering a considerable time as notice beyond what is typically stipulated
  2. Giving them the option of potential tenants viewing the unit while you are still a resident
  3. Promising to make it a habit to pay your rent earlier than the stipulated date for the period of your stay

Alternatives to a Rolling Contract

The landlord is under no obligation to accept your terms for a rolling contract if you had consented to a fixed-term in your previous arrangement or if they usually operate on a fixed period. Therefore, if they refuse you periodic payment. You could find terms that favor you within the fixed-term tenancy.

Agree on a break clauseA break clause affords you or the landlord the right to end a fixed-term tenancy before the expiry of the set period. The clause will contain the form and length of notice required to end the tenancy, and you can choose to exercise it by sending a written notice.
Break clause is not as flexible as a rollover contractIt offers you a way out of a fixed-term tenancy since you would otherwise have to convince the landlord to agree to end your tenancy.

Get a Rolling Contract With the Help of DoNotPay

Your landlord will need a lot of convincing to agree to a rolling contract if fixed-term arrangements are their modus operandi. But  can help resolve your issue for you. Trust as to charm your no-nonsense landlord. All you have to do is follow the following easy steps.

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.


  2. Select which issue applies to you.


  3. Answer a simple set of questions, so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.


  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter, and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.


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