Forms & resources

Notice of intention to leave (Form 13)

Important: New reasons and timeframes for ending a tenancy during the COVID-19 emergency period may apply. This page has been updated to reflect these changes.

A tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract that can only be ended in certain ways. Notice to end a tenancy must be in writing.

A tenant gives the Notice of intention to leave to the property manager/owner when they want to vacate the property by a certain date.

The tenant should use this form:

Note: New reasons/grounds and minimum notice periods for ending a tenancy during COVID-19 emergency period (until 31 December 2020) may be applicable. 

If the tenant is giving this notice because of an unremedied breach by the property manager/owner it does not guarantee they can end the fixed term agreement early without having to pay compensation.

Tenants who are impacted by the COVID-19 emergency and need to end their fixed term agreement early may be eligible for capped break lease costs equivalent to one week’s rent. For further information and eligibility criteria, please refer to the Residential Tenancies Practice Guide.

The tenant can also apply for dispute resolution assistance for non-urgent matters or apply directly to QCAT for urgent matters before giving a Notice of intention to leave.

If the tenant is leaving on grounds of domestic and family violence, they will need to complete the Domestic and Family Violence Notice ending tenancy form.

Minimum timeframes

New grounds (reasons) applicable during COVID-19 emergency period General tenancy
Moveable  dwelling
Long term
 
Moveable  dwelling
Short term
 
Property not in good repair and unfit to live in, AND the tenant issues this notice within the first 7 days of occupying the premises
The day it is given
The day it is given

n/a
Grounds (reasons)
General tenancy
Moveable  dwelling
Long term
 
Moveable  dwelling
Short term
 
Unremedied breach
7 days
2 days
n/a
Non-compliance with tribunal order
7 days
7 days
1 day
Non-liveability
The day it is given
The day it is given
The day it is given
Compulsory acquisition
2 weeks
2 weeks 1 day
Intention to sell *
2 weeks
2 weeks
1 day

*subject to criteria

Without ground
General tenancy
Moveable  dwelling
Long term
 
Moveable  dwelling
Short term
 
Periodic agreement
2 weeks
2 weeks
1 day
Fixed term agreement
14 days
14 days
1 day
Form 13 – Notice of intention to leave
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Current version: v15 May20