End Of Tenancy

When the time comes to move out of your rented property, no matter what the reason for leaving, it's important to be informed of all your options and what you have to do during this process.

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1. Check Your Tenancy

The first stage of vacating a rented property is checking what type of tenancy agreement you have. You’ll either have a ‘Fixed Term Tenancy’ or a ‘Periodic Tenancy'. This is an important step to undertake as each tenancy type has a different ending process.

2. Fixed-Term Tenancy

A fixed-term tenancy is a tenancy that ends on a predetermined date; this means you will have to pay rent up until this date. You can only leave a fixed-term contract early by getting an agreement from your Landlord.

3. Periodic Tenancy

A Periodic Tenancy means you can leave your tenancy at any given time, provided notice is given. Periodic Tenancies include rolling contracts.

4. Giving Notice

No matter what type of tenancy you have, you will be required to give notice of your intention to vacate the property to avoid paying any additional costs. Your notice must be provided in the correct way or you run the risk of paying rent or other bills once you have moved out of the property.
The amount of notice required depends on your tenancy. If you are in a periodic tenancy that runs from month to month you are required to give 1 month’s notice, whilst if it runs from week to week you must give 4 weeks’ notice.

5. Leaving When Your Fixed-Term Tenancy Ends

You are not expected to give notice at the end of your fixed-term tenancy unless your contract states to do so. This being said, giving notice that you will be vacating the property at the end of your tenancy will ensure everyone is on the same page and could even speed up the return of your deposit and get a reference if needed.

6. Moving Out

When moving out you should ensure the property is in the same condition as it was when you moved in, to avoid any deductions from your deposit.
Household bills should be paid prior to moving out and you will need to contact your suppliers to give them your leaving date to avoid being charged after leaving the property. After your last rent payment is cleared make sure you cancel your standing order!
If you are coming to the end of your tenancy and would like more information about the process, contact our property management team today on 01254 234337, or if you're on the hunt for your next home, take a look at the properties currently available to rent.