Guide

Ending a tenancy as a landlord

Last updated: 4 June 2018

Overview

If you're renting out a property, you may want your tenant to leave at the end of the tenancy. This may be because:

  • you want to live in the property
  • the tenant has broken a term of the tenancy
  • the tenant is not paying the rent
  • the tenant has abandoned the property

When you want to end a tenancy, you must do it legally. Your tenants are protected by the law against harassment and unlawful eviction, so if you (or a letting agent acting on your behalf) don't follow the correct steps they may take court action.

The process for ending a tenancy, and the reasons you are allowed to bring a tenancy to an end, can be different depending on what type of tenancy your tenant has. It is important that you use the correct procedure when you end a tenancy – if you do not do this, you may be breaking the law.

If your tenant moved in before 1 December 2017, they will probably have a short assured or assured tenancy. If your tenant moved in on or after 1 December 2017, they will have a private residential tenancy.

Once you've got an eviction order from the Tribunal, if the tenant remains in the property past the eviction date they must be removed by Sheriff Officers. You, your employees or a letting agent must not attempt to remove the tenant.

Ending a tenancy as a landlord
Overview