If you’re new to being a landlord, ending a tenancy agreement may be foreign territory—with potential fines if you don’t follow the rules to the letter. Read on to learn the essential steps for ending both periodic and fixed-term tenancies.
When tenants are on a periodic tenancy agreement, landlords can simply give notice to tenants.
Important note: The rules are different if tenants are on a fixed-term tenancy. You cannot end a fixed-term tenancy early. Only in rare circumstances will the Tenancy Tribunal permit you to do this. Read more here.
When giving notice to end a periodic tenancy, you must:
You can deliver the written notice:
Keep in mind, until your tenant has received the notice, they are not considered “notified”. If you choose to send the notice by post, email, fax, or leave it in the tenants’ letterbox or front door, you must allow extra time for the notice to be delivered. These times vary depending on the method you use:
A fixed-term tenancy is a binding contract—both for you and your tenant. You cannot end a fixed-term tenancy early unless:
A situation that causes an unforeseeable change of circumstances that is causing (or will cause) financial hardship for the landlord or the tenant if the fixed-term tenancy continues. This could include:
Important! The hardship of the applicant (if the tenancy continues) must be greater than the other parties (if the tenancy ends early).
Note: When the Tenancy Tribunal becomes involved, they may order for compensation to be paid to the party who didn’t want to end the fixed-term tenancy early.
Learning to manage a rental property can be a steep learning curve, but with the right guidance you can make the curve smoother and less stressful. With our guide, you can learn the essential (and legal) need-to-knows of being a landlord.