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For a yearly tenancy at common law the requisite notice period for a notice to quit is half a year (Parker d. Walker v Constable (1769) 3 Wils. K.B. 25 (not reported by LexisNexis®); Doe d. Clarke v. Smaridge (1845) 7 Q.B. 957 (not reported by LexisNexis®); Doe d. Plumer v. Mainby (1847) 10 Q.B, 473) (not reported by LexisNexis®).
A valid notice to quit must expire either on the last day of a period or the first day of a period Crate v Miller.
See Practice Note: Break clauses and notices—exercising breaks and conditions precedent.
Where the landlord is uncertain of the last day or, as in most cases, the landlord simply wants to protect themselves in case they have inadvertently made an error in calculating the date of expiry of the notice to quit, the landlord can include a saving
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