Periodic tenancies
Periodic tenancies

The following Property practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Periodic tenancies
  • What is a periodic tenancy?
  • Protection of Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA 1954), Pt II
  • Terminating a periodic tenancy
  • Yearly periodic tenancy
  • Other periodic tenancies
  • 1954 Act requirements
  • Protection from Eviction Act 1977 requirements
  • Deregulation Act 2015 requirements
  • Tenants section 26 request in relation to a periodic tenancy
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been introduced, which affect the following:

  1. proceedings for possession

  2. forfeiture of business leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent

  3. a landlord's right to exercise Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) and enforcement agents taking control of goods

  4. service of various notices to recover possession of residential properties

  5. practice and procedure in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)

  6. insolvency legislation of both a permanent and temporary nature

For further information and guidance, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property.

What is a periodic tenancy?

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 periodic 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:

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