Ending tenancy due to domestic violence

You can use this sample letter as a formal Notice of Termination when you need to move out of your home because of domestic violence but you are still in a fixed term agreement. You must have obtained a final Apprehended Violence Order against someone who lives or lived in the premises (if you do not have one yet, get advice from your local Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service). It must be served in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 – by mail, email (to an email address specified by the person for the service of documents of that kind), or in person.

Cut and paste the template letter below or download a copy from the link above. Remember to substitute your details for the details contained in [square brackets].

[Your name and address]


[Landlord’s or agent’s name and address]

Dear …

Re: Termination of Tenancy Agreement at [your address], due to Domestic Violence

As you are aware, I was a co-tenant with [name] in the above premises. I must vacate the premises because of the violence of the other tenant, [name], towards me. I enclose a copy of the apprehended violence order against [name].

As required under section 100 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 I am writing to give you 14 days notice. I will be vacating the premises on [date].

I will be in contact with you closer to this date to arrange a time when we can both inspect the premises, complete a condition report and I can return the keys to you.

Yours sincerely

[T Tenant]