The person ending the tenancy (it can be either landlord or tenant) must serve a Notice of Termination (a written notice) on the other party and that notice must comply with the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 in terms of the content of the notice itself and the amount of notice given.
The content of the notice will depend on whether it is served by the landlord, or tenant, the length of the tenancy and the reason for the termination.
In order to be valid a Notice of Termination must:
- Be in writing
- Be signed by the landlord or by his/her authorised agent
- Specify the date of service
- State the reason for termination (where the tenancy has lasted for more than six months)
- Specify the termination date (the tenant has the whole of the 24 hours of this date to vacate possession)
- State that any issue as to the validity of the notice or the right of the landlord to serve it must be referred to the Private Residential Tenancies Board within 28 days from the receipt of the notice.