We’re going to focus on the area that causes the most confusion around how a landlord can give notice to a tenant before the end date of a fixed term.
Instead of actually coming to an end, a fixed term will automatically transition to a periodic tenancy unless certain rules apply to it, to prevent it becoming periodic.
So what are those rules?
In short, Section 60A says a fixed term will not a periodic unless:
- The parties agree to renew or extend
- Both parties agree it will end
- The tenant provides written notice that they want it to end
- Or crucially, if the landlord provides a valid reason to the end fixed term tenancy with notice given by any of the reasons stated in Section 51.
This remedy is really important to understand. It means that you can use a notice to bring a fixed term to an end with 10 different reasons, authorised by Section 51. These 10 template notices be found here in Total Tenancy.
So, what are those reasons listed in Section 51? And what are some practical examples? Watch the full Snippet Training in Total Tenancy.