A notice to quit will terminate a periodic tenancy such as the holding over period of the lease. It cannot be used for a lease of a fixed term. The document advises the tenant that the tenancy will cease at the specified date and must be clear and unambiguous as to the date of termination, description of the premises, and be correctly addressed.

An agent should not accept money after serving a notice to quit otherwise an implied tenancy could be created. If money is accepted, the receipt should state "without prejudice to notice to quit".