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  • Legal FAQs

    Tenant Notice to Quit

    I’ve experienced – and suspect other landlords & agents have too - tenants serving NTQs by various media (TXT, voicemail, email…very occasionally on paper...) and with varyingly good/bad/equivocal wording and dates and wondering, is it valid?  Perhaps some help in deciding if a notice is valid may help all.

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    Hopefully it may help tenants, landlords and agents – etc etc - if sources of information on tenant’s notices to quit – for England - are in one place. For the avoidance of doubt this definitely doesn’t cover Scotland or NI.

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    As usual Mssrs Shelter are – usually - reliable experts on housing matters: Herewith their (current) web pages on notices during fixed term…

    https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_a...rm_tenancy

    & when periodic

    https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_a...ic_tenancy

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    There has also been a recent bulletin from the National Homelessness Advice Service - NHAS is a partnership between Shelter and Citizens Advice, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government -

    https://www.nhas.org.uk/docs/Housing_mat...t_2017.pdf

    - providing as part, pages 6&7 of 10 of the bulletin, great detail on the subject, apparently the first of two articles.

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    (Minor points, must get out more) the article mentions one of my favourite housing cases, Crate v Miller, 1947, another case from 1806 & that old landlord favourite, s18 of the Distress for Rent Act, 1737.

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    I’ll try & post a link when the second article appears.

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    Perhaps PT members can highlight any errors in any of the sources listed (I offer £25 to an agreed housing charity for the best howler spotted - including in my wording in this post), and note any other helpful sources for the benefit of all.

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    Having said all that, my view is it ain’t worth bad-blood arguing about e.g. one day or so early/late, but others may hold alternative views.

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    Best wishes to all

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