When a landlord wants to terminate a tenancy, they need to provide the tenant with proper notice. Similarly, if a tenant intends to terminate a tenancy, they need to surrender the tenancy properly by giving the landlord proper notice.
Unfortunately, one of my good tenant’s officially kicked me to the curb last week, by serving me with a ‘Surrender Of Tenancy’ notice.
While I’m definitely still recovering from the blow, fortunately, I still have enough strength to share the notice with you, because it’s a nice example of how tenants can serve notice to their landlord.
Yup, so tragically, on Friday, I received a surrender of tenancy notice from the best tenants’ I’ve ever had the privilege of serving. The prospect of trying to fill their shoes seems like a difficult task, which I’m not looking forward to tackle.
What a kick in the nuts!
Over the past 2 years they’ve been my tenants I didn’t encounter a single problem with them, and that’s quite rare from my experience. I seriously don’t want to see them go, but it’s out of my hands.
Their family is growing and they need more space. I did suggest for them to store their youngest child in the garden shed to create extra living space in the house, but they weren’t playing ball. Tough crowd.
When they surrendered their tenancy, they handed over a nice example of a tenancy surrender notice. I’m usually served with an incoherent text message or handed-over a crumpled piece of paper, covered in snot stains, and seemingly written by a 4yr old. So this was refreshing.
This is what my tenant served my sorry ass:
I’ve made it available for download below if you wish to use it.
I didn’t ask my tenant where he got it from, but I assumed it was a template he had found online.
I actually tried Googling for other Surrender Of Tenancy notice templates to see how it compared, but I couldn’t find any. Mind you, I did only look for 5 mins.
What is a ‘Surrender of Tenancy’ notification?
It’s an official notification from the tenant to the landlord, informing them that they want to end the tenancy on specific date. In most cases, the tenant should provide a minimum of one months’ notice to their landlord.
A surrender of tenancy notice doesn’t need to be so elaborate; all can be said in one sentence, and it should include the following details:
- Landlord’s name
- Tenant’s name
- Tenant’s signature
- Address of property
- Date of notice
- Date of tenancy termination
Here’s a copy of the Surrender Of Tenancy Letter. Feel free to use it.
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