Notice period barrier

Advice needed or maybe reassurance. I am disabled and therefore unable to work which I know puts me at a huge disadvantage but when I am finding a property I like I’m finding that even before I’ve mentioned I’m on UC I’m getting cut off by the question of how much notice do I need and obviously (depending on the date) I say minimum of one full month and they say they’re are sorry but they want someone immediately! So can I ask is this a problem for most of you landlords on here? I have seen discussions where you advise each other about not signing up new tenants until the old have gone. I’m just up against so many barriers that it’s really getting me down.

i always wait till a place is empty before advertising as I dont care if I lose a months rent.inbetween… Delays can happen before someone can move and you dont want a knock on effect

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So would you refuse someone because they have to give a minimum notice of 4 weeks on their current property? Because I don’t know how I can overcome that because I’m not going to treat my current landlord badly!

I have just said I dont mind if I have a place vacant for a month

I know I was only clarifying thank you

I do the same, but I usually ask the tenant to try to negotiate a shorter notice so that they can move in quicker. They usually manage to get it down to about 3 weeks.

For the right tenant, I pretty much expect a months notice to be applicable.

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Yeah but I will ask but I think of what the my current landlord has to do like advertising a the property and vetting new tenants etc not to mention planning my actual move and getting help cleaning up the place (I’m disabled so can’t do a lot of cleaning big jobs on my own).

Hi Julie. One month’s wait for a suitable tenant is absolutely fine and I would actually be happier knowing the prospective tenant behaved so fairly to her present Landlord.

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Thank you but so far it’s not doing me any favours but it is what it is lol I’ll push on

I also would be more than happy knowing you were honouring your commitment to the previous landlord.

As you are experiencing difficulties, a possible solution would be to take the new contract overlapping your existing one, if you can afford that, and assuming you are looking to rent for the long term, i.e. minimum 12 months.

Good luck.

If you’re having difficulties, its worth asking your current landlord again whether they could release you early. I hear what you say about the landlord potentially having a lot to do before you leave, but not all landlords operate this way. I never advertise until my last tenant has left, partly because I want the property looking its best in the photos and for viewings. I would therefore always allow a tenant to leave early unless I was away.

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Personally I try to use give and take with my tenants when they need to leave. Even tho the contract says they must give me I months notice from the end of a rent period, I would hate to be responsible for them losing the property they are going to. I suppose that is easy for me because I always have an excess of tenants wanting to rent, so the property is not empty for more than a week. My tenants have always been happy to let me show prospective tenants around whilst they are still there and this is helpful as they sing my praises and make arrangements between themselves for forwarding mail etc.
Have you tried talking to your landlord and explaining your predicament, perhaps you can then come to some agreement between you that will suit you both.


I dont know if this applicable but would you pass a reference which is required to obtain rent guarantee insurance. We now have to pay this ourselves so it may affect who a landlird chooses to go with.

I’ve not got that far and I’m disabled so on disability benefits which I know already puts me at a disadvantage but again I’m not even getting to that question.

Unfortunately Jennifer my current home is being managed by an estate agents and they just tell me because they manage the property it’s their decision.

My opinion is that if a landlord isn’t prepared to wait for a month to get the right tenant, he or she is focussed purely on the money. That attitude isn’t conducive to a long term arrangement. I wouldn’t want to rent from them. When there are repairs needed, their approach to spending money might not be quite as you’d expect. I would steer clear of these people. Your first question should be about the notice you need to give if that’s the barrier you’re experiencing.

As a professional landlord, I’ll gladly wait for a tenant I feel I can develop a good working relationship with. Your disability may be a barrier to some landlords, in which case I believe you should steer clear of these also. It’s important to have a realistic chance at building that relationship. If someone can’t see past your restrictions, i think building that relationship will be very difficult.

I know these things shouldn’t be a problem, but in the real world they are. Human nature isn’t always as we would like it to be & using what you see as a barrier can be turned around to show what kind of a person your prospective landlord is, & therefore give an indication of how the relationship may or may not develop.

Harsh but true.


Thank you that’s quite a good way to look at it as you’re right someone who’s out to gain monies quickly would obviously be very slow if not stagnant in parting with it for repairs and such.
When I say me being disabled is a barrier I don’t actually mean my restricted mobility but rather that I’m in receipt of benefits, although I am hoping that the changing world could be beneficial to me if a lot more companies begin to see the benefits of home workers as my mind is fully competent and my employment qualifications means I’ve always earned well above the average in my part of the UK so hopefully I can become a contributor again rather than being viewed a taker by society. Thank you for your advice.

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