Tenant giving notice of intention to vacate

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Overview

If you are a tenant with either a fixed-term or a month-by-month tenancy, and you want to vacate (end the tenancy and leave the property), it is your responsibility to give the landlord written notice that you wish to vacate.

If you are in a month-by-month tenancy, you must give the landlord a minimum of 28 days’ notice in writing. If you are in a fixed-term tenancy, there is no minimum notice period; however, you may have to pay additional fees and charges. For more information, view the If you do not give notice (if you break the lease) page.

Providing written notice is compulsory and we suggest using this form: Notice to landlord of rented premises (Word, 1.9 MB)

The written notice of intention to vacate must:

  • be signed by you or your representative
  • give the date you plan to leave, taking into account the required notice period (see Notice periods).

Note: If you have separate meters, you should let the utility providers know in advance when you will be moving out. Otherwise, you may be charged for services in the next billing period.