When to Serve Notice
This will depend on whether you are in the fixed term of your tenancy or not - your contract will always have this information. Where you're part of a Rent Now tenancy, you can find out what your notice period is by locating your tenancy here.
When providing notice to your landlord, this needs to coincide with the last day of your rental period for the tenancy. This means providing notice to end the tenancy that aligns with when you rent is due.
Doing so ensures there are no gaps in any rent owed after your last payment.
How to Serve Notice
The safest ways to give notice is:
- Giving notice to the landlord personally with a means of proving receipt (e.g. asking the landlord to confirm in writing that they received your notice)
The next safest is:
- Post via recorded delivery (this proves sending, but is subject to the risk of it being returned undelivered or the tenant refusing to sign).
The least safe is:
- Email (especially where you would not be able to prove that the other party agreed to be served by email, and/or that they actually received it).
When is notice considered to be 'served'?
It does not have to be proved that the recipient has received the notice, but the notice isn’t served until it has arrived (e.g. 2 days after sending for first class post).