I have just been issued a Notice to Quit by my landlord. The letter has arrived today, 24 May, which is also the same day that my rent is due (which has been paid automatically by standing order).
At the bottom of the notice there is the text:
“(notice to quit) on 24 May 2014 or on the day on which a complete period of your tenancy expires after the end of at least one rent period after the service of this notice”
I’m unsure what this means exactly. My understanding of a notice to quit (under Section 21) is that I should be given 2 months notice and the date should actually be the 23 May.
I’m on a rolling contract, rent period is monthly. The initial 12 month period expired about 8 months ago. The rent period on that contract was 10th of every month, and with verbal agreement we changed this to the 24th. I should also point out that the landlord has failed to protect my deposit since the start of my tenancy. (There are other complicating factors which are possibly not relevant to the issue at hand, but certainly would become relevant should the issue move to court.)
I believe if the Notice to Quit is incorrectly worded then legally it is null and void.
So my question is: What should be my next move? Should I write to the landlord informing him that his notice to quit is not valid and that I won’t recognise it? Or should I wait until he goes to court for a possession order and present my case then?
Any and all advice most gratefully received.