How do I end my council tenancy?

To end your tenancy you must give us four weeks written notice, ending on a Monday. You can do this by printing off, completing and returning the notice of termination of tenancy form below (it cannot be completed online as it must be signed). If you have a joint tenancy both tenants should sign the form where possible. The form cannot be completed and returned electronically as it must be signed. Any notices that are not signed cannot be accepted and this may delay your period of notice. If you would prefer us to send you a termination of tenancy form please contact us on 01423 500600 and to speak to your Housing Officer.

Please also see below a checklist that you may find useful when ending your tenancy.

Ending your tenancy checklist

Notice to quit your tenancy

The form should be returned to your Neighbourhood Housing Office, the address of which is contained in the information sheet below and at the end of this page.

Ending your tenancy information sheet

Your tenancy is a legal agreement and will not automatically end when you move out of the property. On receipt of the notice, we will write to you to confirm the date that the tenancy will end.

A Housing Officer will meet you at your property on the day that your tenancy is due to end in order to carry out a final inspection of the property.

If you are joint tenants, the whole tenancy will end if you or the other tenant ends the tenancy on their own.

I am acting on behalf of someone who has died, how do I end their council tenancy?

If a council tenancy ends because the tenant has died (and there is no surviving tenant or successor) it is usual that four weeks’ notice will be required but we may accept a shorter period of notice than four weeks if the property can be cleared more quickly and if it is in a condition that enables us to re-let it quickly. This is called accepting a surrender of the property.

If you are acting on behalf of someone who has died then you should print off, complete and return the notice of termination of tenancy on death of tenant form below. The form cannot be completed and returned electronically as it must be signed, any notices that are not signed cannot be accepted and this may delay your period of notice. If you would prefer us to send you a termination of tenancy form please contact us on 01423 500600 and ask to speak to the appropriate Housing Office.

Notice of termination of tenancy on death of tenant

The form should be returned to the Neighbourhood Housing Office, the address of which is given in the ending your tenancy information sheet and at the end of this page.

As the tenant’s representative, you must clear the property of all possessions and rubbish before we will end the tenancy.

On receipt of the notice, we will write to you to confirm the date that the tenancy will end.

What do I need to do before I move out of my council home?

When you give notice we may wish to inspect the property (by appointment) before the tenancy ends and you must allow us access to do so.

Please see the information contained in ending your tenancy information sheet as this will provide you with information on what you must do before your tenancy ends.

Before you move out of your property you must also pay your rent up to the Monday on which the tenancy ends, and any arrears from previous tenancies.

When you move out everyone must leave, including lodgers or sub-tenants. If they don't, we will take action to evict them and you will be charged for the costs of doing so.

Page last updated 07/10/2016