Ending a tenancy early
You can end a Housing Executive or housing association tenancy at any time by giving 28 days' notice. It is more difficult to leave a private tenancy early. Your options depend on the type of tenancy you have.
If you walk away from a private tenancy you could still be liable for the rent until the end of the tenancy agreement. An adviser can examine your options and help you work out the best way to end your tenancy early.
Can I leave a private tenacy before the contract expires?
It can be very difficult to get out of a fixed term tenancy before it expires. It is possible to get out of the agreement at any time if you can come to a mutual agreement with your landlord. Both sides must agree, and it's always best to put what's agreed in writing so everyone knows where they stand.
You should never walk away from a tenancy. If you want to end the tenancy before the term expires, make sure you do so properly and get your landlord's consent in writing.
I have a Housing Executive or housing association tenancy
You can end your Housing Executive or housing association at any time by giving 28' days notice. You will usually be responsible for your tenancy until the end of the 28 days. For example, you will have to pay rent until the end of the 28 days even if squatters move in after you leave.
You will be disqualified from applying for Housing Executive or housing association accommodation if you left a Housing Executive or housing association tenancy in the last two years without giving your landlord notice. This is known as abandonment.
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