Ever wanted to know the procedure for handing in the notice when on a rolling contract, otherwise known as a Statutory Periodic Agreement?
Tenants must give at least 30 days notice from the contract start day (usually the rent due date), and landlords must give at least 60 days notice from the contract start day (usually the rent due date).
Notices to end the tenancy should always be in writing and addressed to the landlord or agent at the address found on the tenancy agreement (unless given an alternative address found in a section 48 Notice). In some cases, an e-mail or text message can be accepted but you should make sure you get an acknowledgement that the landlord or agent has received your correspondence.
For example, if you're a tenant wishing to serve notice to end your tenancy, and your rent is due on the 15th of the each month, and the current date is the 6th of September, then the tenancy would officially come to an end on the 14th of October. If the current date was the 18th September, then the tenancy would officially come to an end on the 14th November, quite a bit later!
In addition, it is important to note that if you have made arrangements with your landlord or agent to change the rent due date, this date is not taken into account when working out the notice period - it is the tenancy start date that is relevant.
Therefore if you're looking to leave a property by a certain time, it is very important you take into account the time in which you would have to serve notice, as any delay could make you liable for the rent beyond what you would wish to pay for.