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If a periodic tenancy starts on first of the month and a notice was served by pushing it under the tenant’s door on 1 June after 5pm requiring possession on 31 July, would this be deemed sufficient notice?

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Produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 26/09/2018

The following Property Disputes Q&A produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • If a periodic tenancy starts on first of the month and a notice was served by pushing it under the tenant’s door on 1 June after 5pm requiring possession on 31 July, would this be deemed sufficient notice?
  • Periodic tenancies
  • Termination of contractual periodic AST
  • Method of service

If a periodic tenancy starts on first of the month and a notice was served by pushing it under the tenant’s door on 1 June after 5pm requiring possession on 31 July, would this be deemed sufficient notice?

Periodic tenancies

A periodic tenancy is a tenancy that can be created either by express agreement or by inference. The period of the tenancy will usually be the period by reference to which rent is reserved, rather than when it is payable.

By way of example, if the parties agree (or agreed under a previous fixed term lease) an annual rent of £30,000 payable monthly, a yearly tenancy will likely arise, rather than a monthly tenancy. If the parties agree a quarterly or monthly rent, a quarterly or monthly tenancy will arise respectively.

A periodic tenancy will continue until determined by a notice to quit. This can be given by the other party, but must expire at the end of a relevant period. See Practice Note: Periodic tenancies under the heading ‘Periodic tenancies—Terminating a periodic tenancy’.

Termination of

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