Do I have to renew my tenancy?

I’m coming to the end of my tenancy. With so much uncertainty, I don’t want to commit to another year. Can I stay in my current home on a monthly basis?

Answer

Yes. If you’re on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST), and have reached the end of your fixed term, you have the option to either:

  • Renew for another 6 or 12 months and sign a new AST
  • Move onto a Periodic (rolling) Tenancy, where you pay monthly and give notice (normally one month) when you would like to move.

If coronavirus means you’re unsure of what your circumstances will be in the coming months, ask for a periodic tenancy. Many letting agents do not proactively offer information on periodic tenancies and instead ask renters to sign a new tenancy agreement. However, your tenancy will become periodic automatically unless one of you takes steps to legally end the tenancy. If your landlord or agent is refusing to offer a periodic tenancy or attempting to pressure you into signing a new 12 month contract, get help.

Shelter has more information here.