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Proper name on notice to quit

I have served 1 months notice to quit to my landlord.  He has signed the contract Joe John Smith.  He uses John Smith in email.  I have served notice personally through his letterbox with Joe John Smith on the envelope but in the letter I wrote "Dear John Smith".  I look now at my contract and it says "THIS AGREEMENT IS MADE BETWEEN:  A.  Joe Smith &..."

Did I serve notice correctly?  i.e. did I have to use the "contract is made between" name exactly?


  • jrawle
    jrawle Posts: 602 Forumite
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    Personally I can't stand letters addressed to Dear Forename Surname, which I was always taught was wrong when I was at school. Had you written the salutation in the traditional manner as "Dear Mr Smith", you would not now be worried. Your envelope was addressed correctly.
    It's not likely to make any difference, though. Do you have reason to believe the landlord will try to get out of accepting the notice?
  • Thanks jrawle.  I agree, I was in a bit of a rush as he only agreed to 1 months notice with a day to go. 

    I don't trust him at all.  He didnt protect my deposit, he said a vax vacuum cleaner was present when it wasnt, he gave a presigned inadequate inventory, he has sections of underfloor cut out at door thresholds to accelerate carpet wear, a screw missing in the toilet for potential plumbing damage, lots of broken floor tiles not mentioned in the inventory.

    Its important because I prepaid rent and if its wrong he can take that.

  • I doubt a court would dismiss this. The name is close and the intention is clear.

    The other matters you presumably dealt with during the tenancy.

    If the deposit was not (still is not?) protected you are in a strong position

  • Thanks propertyrental 

    Yes is still not protected.

    Would you care to comment on my other post?

    Has landlord agreed to end tenancy and return rent?


  • propertyrental
    propertyrental Posts: 2,497 Forumite
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    edited 13 September 2023 at 5:11PM
    Hobbit66 said:

    Would you care to comment on my other post?

    Has landlord agreed to end tenancy and return rent?


    No. Multiple threads on same similar topics annoy me.

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