What Are The Notice Periods For Ending A Tenancy?

Landlords be aware that there are  minimum notice periods set out in the Residential Tenancies Act.  This means that as a Landlord you are required to give a minimum amount of days notice when terminating a tenancy, the notice period is linked to how long the tenants have been in the property. A tenant can vacate the property on or before the termination date.

Familiarise yourself with the notice periods (set out below). Failing to issue a notice of termination with the correct number of days may invalidate the notice in full.

In 2018, 22% of disputes with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) were concerning the Validity of Notice of Termination.  42% of these were found to be invalid with ‘not giving adequate notice periods’ as one of the more common reasons.


Duration of Tenancy Notice Period 

                                                                                  Landlord                              Tenant 

Less than 6 months                                       –      28 days                               – 28 Days
6 or more months but less than 1 year      –      90 days                               – 35 Days
1 year or more but less than 2 years          –       120 days                             – 42 Days
2 years or more but less than 3 years        –       120 days                             – 56 Days
3 years or more but less than 4 years        –       180 days                             – 56 Days
4 years or more but less than 5 years        –       180 days                             –  84 Days
5 years or more but less than 6 years        –       180 days                             – 84 Days
6 years or more but less than 7 years        –       180 days                             –  84 Days
7 years or more but less than 8 years        –       196 days                              – 84 Days
8 or more years                                              –       224 days                              – 112 Days

Valid Notices?

  • Valid notices must be sent to your tenant
  • 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).


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