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Who can use this service
This form is for Lambeth Housing tenants only
What you need to know...
You can use this form to end a tenancy for yourself and your household.
If you need to end a tenancy because a tenant has died, you must use the tell us a tenant has died form.
When to give your notice
You must give us four week's notice to end your council property tenancy.
Your notice can't be backdated. It'll start on a Monday and end on a Monday, four weeks later.
You are responsible for paying your rent and other charges until the end of your notice period.
We will trace people who give up their tenancy without giving notice and may take legal action to recover any outstanding rent or repairs charges.
If you’re a joint tenant
We will not allow one tenant to exclude the other without a court order.
By serving a notice to quit, one joint tenant can terminate the whole tenancy without the consent of the other.
We will not transfer a tenancy from joint names to a sole name unless:
- both parties agree
- there is a court order (property transfer order)
- the case involves domestic violence.
If joint tenants wish to end their tenancy, we are not obligated to provide separate rehousing for either party.
If you change your mind
If you change your mind about ending your tenancy, you'll need to contact us straight away.
We can only stop the notice in the weeks before your tenancy officially ends. If the tenancy end date has passed, you'll no longer have a tenancy at that property.
Things to do before you leave
When your tenancy ends, we will inspect your property before you leave.
When you leave you must:
- make sure that everybody leaves the property
- make sure it's clean and tidy and with no damage
- complete any repairs or decorations that are your responsibility
- remove all rubbish, furniture and possessions from your home, loft, garden and shed, if you have one. If you need to get rid of any large items of furniture, you can book a bulky waste collection
- pay any outstanding rent and other charges
- let us know if you're having problems paying your rent
- check that you've locked all doors and windows
- return all keys and fobs - read more about this below in the section Handing in your keys
We'll allow for some wear and tear, but you'll be recharged if we need to clear your property or do repairs because of you altering, damaging or neglecting the property. If you keep any keys, we may charge you for locks we have to change.
When you leave you must also:
- tell council tax that you're moving
- if you need to, let housing benefit know that you're moving
- if you need, let HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) know that you're moving
- let your gas and electricity supplier(s) know. You'll need to end your accounts or change your details and provide meter readings
- let your bank, building society, insurance company and any other organisations you deal with know that you're moving
- redirect your mail using the Post Office website
- tell your doctor and school (if you have any children) if you're moving out of the area.
Handing in your keys
You must label all your keys and fobs with your name and address.
This includes keys for your:
- security door and communal area
You'll need to take your keys to your local area housing office by 12noon on the last day of your tenancy.
If you don't hand the keys in by 12noon, you may be charged extra rent payments, and the costs for us to change the locks.
When you leave the property, everyone living there must also leave with you. If, when we visit the property and find people still living there, your tenancy won't be terminated and you'll still be responsible for paying the rent.