End of Tenancy

Moving out of your rented property? Take these three key steps to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Ryder & Dutton

End of Tenancy

1. Check your type of tenancy

Are you on a fixed-term tenancy or a periodic tenancy? Depending on your tenancy type, the steps to vacating the property will differ.

If you’re on a fixed-term tenancy, your tenancy ends on a specific date and you pay rent until that date. The only way you can leave a fixed-term contract early is by getting an agreement from your landlord.

If you’re on a periodic tenancy, you can leave at any given time, as long as the agreed notice period is provided. Periodic tenancies include rolling contracts.

2. Giving notice

Whatever type of tenancy you have, you should give notice that you will be vacating the property. Your notice must be provided formally (in writing) to avoid running the risk of paying rent or other bills once you have moved out of the property. The amount of notice you are required to give depends on your tenancy. If you are in a periodic tenancy that runs from month to month, you are required to give one month’s notice, whilst if it runs from week to week, you must give four weeks’ notice.

At the end of your fixed term tenancy, you don’t have to give official notice unless your contract states to do so. However, giving advanced notice can help with getting your deposit back on time, and getting a reference if needed.

3. Moving out

When you vacate a property, it goes without saying that you should try to ensure it’s in the same condition as when you moved in. This will help avoid any deductions from your deposit.

Household bills should be paid before moving out, and suppliers contacted to give final meter readings and close down your accounts with them, to avoid being charged after leaving the property. Make sure you cancel any standing orders related to the property.

If you need any further advice about leaving your rented property, please don’t hesitate to contact our helpful lettings team.