In this article we consider a notice to quit given by one tenant when there are joint tenants. Does a notice from one end the tenancy for all tenants? What if one of the joint tenants fails to leave?
Short notice or exercising break clause during fixed term
A short notice or a notice exercising a break clause must be given by all joint tenants. [Hounslow .B.C. v. Pilling  1 W.L.R. 1242.]
Notice to quit to end “on the last day of the tenancy”
Assured shorthold tenancy
If one joint tenant wishes to terminate before, or on the last day of a tenancy by giving a notice to quit, the notice to quit must be given by all tenants and all tenants must vacate before midnight on the last day, otherwise a statutory periodic tenancy will arise “immediately” [s5 Housing Act 1988].
“In the case of joint tenants any action must be on the part of all of them: 1988 Act , s 45(3) . This is contrary to the position at common law: Hammersmith & Fulham LBC v Monk  UKHL 6 . “