Terminating a Tenancy
The purpose of this leaflet is explain to landlords and tenants the correct
procedure to lawfully end a tenancy. This leaflet is a general guide only and
not an interpretation of the law and does not necessarily make reference to all
When is a Tenancy Terminated?
A tenancy may be terminated by either the landlord or the tenant for any one
of a number of reasons. It could be due to a change of circumstances (e.g.
the tenant buys a house, the landlord decides to sell the house) or because of
the behaviour of the parties (e.g. the landlord is constantly disturbing the
tenant, the tenant is in arrears of rent). No matter what the reason for the
termination, the process is always the same. The person ending the tenancy
must serve a notice of termination on the other party and that notice must
comply with the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 in terms of the content of the
notice itself and the amount of notice (i.e. what period of time until the