How a landlord can end a tenancy

Information for landlords on ending a tenancy, including correct notice periods and valid notices of termination

To end a tenancy, a valid notice of termination must be sent to the tenant.

What is a valid notice of termination?

To be valid the notice must:

  • Be in writing
  • Be signed by the landlord or authorised agent
  • Give the date the notice is sent
  • State the grounds for ending the tenancy (if the tenancy has lasted for more than 6 months or is a fixed term tenancy). If a tenancy lasts 6 months or more, the landlord must use one of the 6 permitted grounds to end the tenancy
  • Give the date by which the tenant must leave the property and state that the tenant has the full 24 hours to leave the property. To find out the correct number of days or 'notice period' to give click here
  • State the tenant has 28 days from the date they receive the notice of termination to refer the it to the RTB if they have any question about its validity or the landlords right to serve the notice to them

To view sample notices of termination click here.


Notice of Termination Return Form

Where a tenancy has lasted more than 6 months, a landlord serving a Notice of Termination must complete a Notice of Termination Return Form and attach a copy of the Notice in question. These documents must be sent to the Residential Tenancies Board within 28 days of the expiration of the tenancy termination date.


Did you sign a fixed term lease?

In a fixed term lease, a Notice of Termination can be served for the following 3 reasons:

There is a break clause in the lease agreement.

Both parties agree to terminating the tenancy.

The tenant breached his or her obligations and has been given reasonable time to rectify the breach, then  28 days notice is required.


The powers of the RTB to direct a tenant to vacate a property

Regardless of the circumstances of a case, a RTB adjudicator or Tribunal can only order a tenant to vacate a rented dwelling on the expiration of a valid notice of termination, which is fully in compliance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2004.