Ending your tenancy
Ending your tenancy is an important decision.
If you are considering giving up your home with us because:
- You are struggling to pay your rent,
- Are having problems, or
- You are not sure where you are going to move.
As a tenant, you must:
- Give us at least 4 weeks’ notice, in writing, complete a ‘Notice of Termination’ form, signed by you, when you want to end your tenancy. If you have a joint tenancy, either of you or both can sign the letter. This must be given to your Housing Officer.
- The last day of a tenancy must be a Sunday, and the keys returned to our offices before 12 noon on the following Monday.
- Leave your home in good repair, clean and tidy, and clear your home of all your property and possessions.
- You must also:
- Ensure you record final meter readings before you vacate the property
- Pay any outstanding rent and other charges
- Return keys only to your nearest Council office
- Inform us / the Council of your new address
- If you do not give us vacant possession, you may be charged for:
- Costs of clearing the property
- Cleaning the property
- Repairing any damage or neglect
- Replacing any fixtures or fittings which you have removed and not replaced with alternatives of a reasonable and similar standard
- Changing the locks
- Re-instating excavated ponds etc.
In the event of a death:
A tenancy does not automatically end if a tenant passes away.
- Your tenancy may pass on to a joint tenant, spouse or civil partner, or a member of your family if they qualify to succeed.
- If the tenant has left a will, the tenancy can be brought to an end by a personal representative of your estate, giving 4 weeks’ notice in writing (max).
- If you have not left a will, legal responsibility of your tenancy passes to the Public Trustee, i.e. Denbighshire Housing/Denbighshire County Council. We will give notice to any next of kin you may have.
When we want to end your tenancy:
There are a number of reasons why we might try to end your tenancy with us, including:
- If you have caused a nuisance to neighbours
- If you haven’t paid your rent, or have paid it late on a regular basis
- If you move out and rent your home to someone else.
If we do want to end your tenancy, we must:
- Give you a legal notice of at least 4 week – which will be served to you once delivered to your address.
- If you fail to clear the property and or leave it in a state of disrepair, we will charge you for the costs of doing this ourselves.
- If you leave a person or animal at the property when you have moved out, we will take court action to remove them and charge you the cost.
Introductory tenants only:
- We can only end your tenancy if you have broken the conditions of your tenancy.
- We would issue you with a ‘Notice to Serve’ after a court order. It will give you a starting date and you will then have four weeks to leave.
Secure tenants only:
- We would need to show you valid reasons to evict you. These are ‘grounds’ and defined by law.
- You would receive a ‘Notice of Intention to seek Possession’ or ‘Notice to Intention to Demote’ your tenancy, saying our reasons for the notice.
- You have the right to a court hearing