This will depend on the type of tenancy that you have:

Assured shorthold tenancies (AST) that have expired

If the tenancy is an AST, a landlord must have provided at least 2 months’ notice if the notice was dated before 26 March 2020. This has currently been increased to 3 months for notices on or after 26 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The landlord’s notice must specify the date by which the tenant must leave the property. If the tenant does not leave by this date, the landlord may decide to start eviction proceedings in the county court.

The landlord is not required to provide a reason or grounds for possession in cases where the AST has expired.

Assured tenancies and ASTs that have not expired

In the case of an assured tenancy and ASTs that have not expired, the landlord’s notice must include the reasons or grounds for possession. Grounds for possession can include things like outstanding arrears, the property being used for illegal purposes or that the landlord wishes to move back into the property. A comprehensive list of grounds can be found in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988.

The notice period usually varies from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the grounds for possession the landlord is using. However, the notice period must be at least 3 months for any notice given on or after 26 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Excluded tenancy

In the case of an excluded tenancy, the landlord must provide the tenant with a reasonable notice to quit. A reasonable notice period is the equivalent to one rent period e.g. one week, one month etc. This notice does not have to be in writing.

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