Common misconceptions about notice periods

Immediate Termination: Some tenants believe they can vacate the property immediately without giving any notice. This is not the case; a notice period is required.

Verbal Notice is Enough: Both tenants and landlords might think a verbal agreement to end the tenancy is sufficient. However, written notice is usually required for legal validity to avoid any misunderstanding.

Notice Period Length: People often assume that notice periods are the same for both tenants and landlords. However, they differ.

Effective Date: Some might think the notice period starts from the day the notice is given. However, it often aligns with the rent due date, especially for tenants.

Fixed-Term Contracts: There's a misconception that notice periods don't apply in fixed-term contracts. While the end date is set, formal notice is still required.

Section 21 for All Cases: Landlords might think a Section 21 notice is a one-size-fits-all solution, but Section 8 notices are necessary for specific circumstances like persistent late rent or anti-social behaviour. Sometimes however, it can be beneficial for a landlord to serve both a Section 8 & a Section 21 Notice at the same time. Should the matter go to call, the Section 8 notice is rejected on discretionary grounds, the Section 21 Notice could be a more secure 'plan b' option.

No Notice for Breach of Contract: Some landlords believe that if a tenant breaches the contract, no notice is required for eviction. However, legal procedures still need to be followed.

Email or Text is Not Valid: While it's true that formal methods are often required, some rental agreements may allow for electronic notices, as long as they meet specific criteria.