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Ending your tenancy

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2. Ending a council or housing association tenancy

You will have to give four weeks notice in writing if you rent your home from a local council or housing association. If you leave before or during this notice period you will still need to pay the rent on the property. 

Housing Benefits and Universal Credit Element will not be paid on a property that you are not living in so to avoid getting into any debt, make sure you plan your move in advance.

Once you submit your notice, it is unlikely that you will be able to withdraw it.

If you are a joint tenant and you submit a notice it will apply to both tenants. There may be other options if you want to leave your home such as removing your name from the tenancy instead of handing in notice.

To remove your name from a tenancy, you will need to ask the Housing Association or Council that owns the property to permit this. If both tenants agree, they may agree to allow one person to remove their name this is called an 'Assignment of the tenancy'. This is generally only permitted if:

  • The person remaining in the tenancy can afford the rent
  • There are no rent arrears on the account
  • The property is suitable for the remaining tenant to remain in

You should only apply to assign the tenancy if you have another suitable alternative property to move into. If you surrender your rights to your home and present as homeless to the local council, this is likely to affect the final homeless decision.