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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Ending your social tenancy

You have to tell your landlord if you decide to move out. You are responsible for paying rent until you formally end your tenancy. 

You end your tenancy differently if you rent your home from a private landlord or agent. 

Ending your tenancy with your landlord

Write to your landlord to tell them you want to end your tenancy. Ask your housing officer who you should send your letter or email to. 

Your landlord has to get this written notice at least 4 weeks before your tenancy ends. 

After you give your notice

You have to pay rent until your notice ends, even if you move out before then. 

Your landlord might offer your home to people on the waiting list. You may have to allow people in to view your home. 

Compensation for improvements

You can get money to compensate you for certain improvements you've made to the property.

Returning your keys

You have to give your keys back to your landlord by noon on the last day of your tenancy. 

You can give your keys back sooner, but you'll have to pay rent until the end of your 4 week notice period. 

Ask for a receipt to show you've given the keys back.

You are responsible for the property until your notice ends. You can be banned from social housing for 2 years if squatters move into a home before your tenancy ends.

Ending a tenancy when the tenant dies

You may have to end a friend or family member's tenancy if they die and no one lived with them. 

Talk to the landlord. You'll usually get a week to clear out the house, but they may allow you more time. 

Ending a tenancy if you're a joint tenant

You will end the tenancy for all joint tenants if you give your landlord notice that you want to move out. 

You can ask to put the tenancy into the other tenant's sole name if you want to leave but they want to keep living there. 

Contact our helpline for advice on ending your tenancy.