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Generally, To rent a room, you need to agree with the other party how much you will pay; how long you will be there; and any other obligations you want them to have. If the renting period is intended to be under one year, it does not need to be in writing to be legal. valid, but having a document will make the agreement easier to enforce. If the intended renting period is over a year then writing is required.
Furthermore, since your landlord gave you the notice to leave. If you have a fixed-term tenancy, your landlord cannot normally end the tenancy unless you are in breach of your obligations
However, if you do not have a fixed-term tenancy, the landlord can ask you to leave during the first 6 months without giving a reason. They must serve a valid written notice of termination, allowing a minimum 28-day notice period.
In the first 6 months, only 7 days' notice is required if your behaviour is seriously anti-social or threatens the fabric of the property. See 'exceptions to required notice periods' below for more information.
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Yes, if there is no fixed-term tenancy, you must be served a valid written notice of termination, allowing a minimum 28-day notice period.
For your second question, notices should always be served in writing and this means by sending an actual letter or at least via email. The use of the word “may” means that via email may be acceptable as opposed to sending a correspondence letter.
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If there is no written contract, a landlord cannot evict a tenant through the ‘accelerated’ no-fault eviction process, which is also called a Section 21 notice. Instead, they may have to use the much longer and more expensive Section 8 notice and go through the courts.
Inform them of this and if they do not listen you are free to put this to them in writing as evidence.
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