Category : Rent Published : 11.10.2019

This Is The End: Things You Should Do When Tenancy Is Over

When the tenancy agreement comes to an end, there are several things that both the landlord and the tenant must do in order to part quietly and remember only good things about each other.

Giving notice

It is a legal requirement for landlords to give you proper notice if they want you to leave. Normally, the landlord must allow any fixed period of the tenancy to have expired, and they must have given at least 2 months’ notice.

If a tenant wants to end the tenancy early, they could be charged for this.

Check your tenancy agreement: it should say how much notice you must give the landlord if you want to leave the property – one month’s notice is typical.

Return of deposit

Try to be present when the property is inspected to check whether any of the tenancy deposit should be deducted to cover damage. If you do not agree with proposed deductions contact the relevant deposit protection scheme.


Make sure that your rent payments are up to date. Do not keep back rent because you think that it will be taken out of the deposit.


Do not leave bills unpaid. This might have an impact on your references and credit rating.

Clear up

Remove all your possessions, clean the house, take meter readings, return all the keys and give a forwarding address. Dispose of any unwanted furniture via a local collection service. The landlord is usually entitled to dispose of possessions left in the property after, typically, 14 days. However, the landlord must let you know that they intend to dispose of possessions you leave behind.