How Much Notice Does a Landlord Have to Give a Tenant?

Landlord Protection How Much Notice Does a Landlord Have to Give a Tenant?

How Much Notice Does a Landlord Have to Give a Tenant?

If your landlord wants to end your tenancy and leave the property, they must give you notice in advance. How much notice your landlord should give primarily depends on the type of tenancy agreement you have and the date of your tenancy agreement.

Does the Landlord Have to Provide a Reason to End My Tenancy?

If you have a periodic tenancy or a fixed-term tenancy that has ended, your landlord can end your tenancy without giving you any reasons. However, two conditions need to be met:

  1. Your landlord must put your deposit in a government-approved tenancy deposit scheme (TDP)
  2. You have lived at least 6 months since your tenancy began

How Much Notice Does the Landlord Have to Give Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs)?

The table below outlines how much notice your landlord must give:

2 monthsBefore 26 March 2020
3 months26 March 2020 - 28 August 2020
6 months29 August 2020 - 31 May 2021
4 months1 June 2021 - 30 September 2021
2 monthsAfter 1 October 2021

Can My Landlord Ask Me to Leave During a Fixed Term Tenancy?

Your landlord can ask you to leave during the fixed term if they have the following grounds:

  • You have failed to make rent payments on time
  • You have used the property for illegal activities
  • You have damaged the property

In these cases, your landlord must give you at least 60 days' notice.

What Are My Rights As A Tenant? 

Tenants have rights when they move into a living space. It may seem like the landlord can do whatever they want to do, but that is not actually the case. There are some guardrails around what a landlord can actually get away with when they are overseeing a property that they own. For example, a tenant must be provided with the following: 

  1. A living space that is free from dangerous chemicals/substances
  2. Access to essentials such as heat/water
  3. The right to basic privacy in their property
  4. An adequate amount of notice before being booted out of the property

These are the basics, and they are expected whenever moving into a new property. If a property manager is not able to respect even these basics, then they probably need to find a new line of work for themselves because this is not it.

Eviction Laws

The exact eviction laws that apply to your case will depend upon the type of lease agreement you have set up with your landlord as well as the part of the United Kingdom in which you reside. There are different standards for different parts of the country, and it is important to look those up before assuming that a certain set of standards apply to your case. It may turn out that this is not the case.

How much notice does a landlord have to give a tenant to move out the UK?

Provide a noticeProvide a tenant with 2 months' notice before evicting them
Notice between 1 June 2021 and 30Must receive at least 4 months' notice

This second point was put in place due to changes in the landscape for renters as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a special exception made to help keep more people in their homes during a time of economic hardship. It is a temporary measure, and it is not one that people should expect to stay around for much longer. The country is moving on from the pandemic, and these temporary rules are moving away as well. 

Can a Tenant Sue a Landlord Who Doesn’t Provide Notice?

Yes, a tenant can bring a lawsuit against a landlord who violates the law by not providing enough notice. It is not that common that tenants to feel that they have the ability to stand up for themselves like this, but they should feel a bit more galvanized now that laws are moving in their favor. It is important to recognize that there are reasons to bring a lawsuit against your landlord if they are truly violating the law when they don't provide notice. Don't be afraid to make them follow the standards that have been set up for them. They would expect you to do the same.

What Can DoNotPay Do About It? 

DoNotPay can help you get this whole situation taken care of with the following steps:

How to break a lease in the UK using DoNotPay:

If you want to break a lease in the UK but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 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.

And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.

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