When you`re renting a property, it`s important to know your rights as a tenant. One of the key areas of concern is the notice period required by a landlord on a rolling contract.
A rolling contract is a type of tenancy agreement that runs on a continuous basis, rather than having a set end date. It`s also sometimes referred to as a periodic tenancy or a month-to-month agreement.
As a tenant on a rolling contract, you have the benefit of flexibility. You can often give notice and leave the property at any time, without having to wait for the end of a fixed-term lease. However, this flexibility works both ways and your landlord can also give notice, requiring you to leave the property.
So how much notice does a landlord need to give on a rolling contract?
The answer depends on a few factors, including the type of tenancy agreement you have and the reason for the notice. Here`s a general breakdown:
– If you have an assured shorthold tenancy (AST), which is the most common type of tenancy agreement in the UK, your landlord must give you at least two months` notice.
– If you have a non-AST (for example, if you`re renting a room in a shared house), the notice period can be shorter. Your contract should specify the minimum notice period required.
– If your landlord is giving notice due to rent arrears or other breaches of the tenancy agreement, the notice period can be shorter (as little as 14 days in some cases).
It`s worth noting that a landlord cannot just give you verbal notice to leave. They must give you written notice, stating the date by which you must vacate the property. This notice period cannot be shortened, even if you agree to leave earlier.
If your landlord is trying to evict you without going through the proper legal channels (such as obtaining a court order), this is illegal and you should seek advice from a housing charity or lawyer.
In summary, if you`re on a rolling contract, your landlord must give you at least two months` notice (or the minimum notice period specified in your contract) to end the tenancy. Make sure you receive this notice in writing and be aware of your rights as a tenant.