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Dear Clive, Can my tenant end a tenancy agreement early? Pete Dear Pete If both landlord and tenant agrees to terminate the tenancy early, than that's perfectly legal and valid and yes the tenancy can be ended early.

If the tenant is in the middle of a fixed term they can only terminate the tenancy early if you as landlord agree, or if there is a "break clause" in the Tenancy Agreement.

If the agreement does not mention a break clause and you refuse to accept the early termination, then the tenant will be contractually obliged to pay you the rent for the entire length of the fixed term.

If the tenancy has lapsed into a Periodic Tenancy, a tenant will typically have to give at least one rental period of notice.

So, if the tenant pays rent weekly and the tenancy is periodic, they only need to provide one week's notice. If they pay monthly, they will need to provide one month's notice.

A tenant can end a periodic tenancy by issuing a valid notice to quit to you as landlord. Once the notice expires then the tenant's agreement will have ended.

Cli? Clive McKeag is Senior Consultant and former Senior Partner of McKeag & Co Solicitors.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 16, 2013
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