4. Extending, changing or ending a lease
Extending the lease
You can ask the landlord to extend your lease at any time.
You might be able to extend your lease by:
The Leasehold Advisory Service’s (LAS) lease extension calculator gives you a guide to the costs of extending the lease of a flat.
Changing the lease
You can negotiate certain changes to the lease, sometimes known as ‘varying the lease’. Speak to your landlord first.
Ending the lease
It’s very rare that a landlord can end the lease and evict you. There are some circumstances and leases that let them do this, sometimes known as ‘forfeiture proceedings’. They need to send you a formal written notice and get the court’s permission.
You can usually end a lease by giving at least 1 month’s notice.
The LAS has information about ending a lease.
When the lease runs out
You don’t have to leave the property when the lease expires. In law, a lease is a tenancy and the leaseholder is a tenant. The tenancy will continue on exactly the same terms unless you or the landlord decide to end it.