Renting

Notice periods for ending a tenancy

Either a tenant/resident or a property manager/owner or provider can give the other person notice to end a tenancy, and there are certain rules and timelines that must be followed.

A fixed term agreement means that the tenant or resident has committed to stay and pay rent until the agreed end date and that the property manager/owner or provider will ensure the property is available and the tenant/resident can stay until the agreed end date. If either person wants to end the agreement early they may have to pay remaining rent and/or compensation.

All notices to leave must be given in writing.

If you do not give the correct amount of notice and use the correct form, the other person may ask you to pay compensation.

When serving notices by post, the sender must allow time for the mail to arrive when working out when a notice period ends.

The tenant/resident should provide their forwarding address to the RTA. Include the forwarding address on the Refund of rental bond (Form 4).
 

Tenant gives notice

General tenancies

The tenant gives notice to the property manager/owner using a Notice of intention to leave (Form 13) allowing for minimum notice, as follows:

With grounds

Grounds (reasons) Minimum notice period
Unremedied breach 7 days
Non-compliance with tribunal order 7 days
Non-liveability The day it is given
Compulsory acquisition 2 weeks
Intention to sell 2 weeks

Without ground

A tenant must give at least 14 days notice, unless the property manager/owner has breached the agreement. The tenancy ends on the end date of the agreement or the end date of the notice period (whichever is longer).

Type of tenancy agreement Minimum notice period
Periodic agreement 2 weeks
Fixed term agreement 14 days

Caravan park (moveable dwelling) tenancies

The tenant gives notice to the caravan park manager using a Notice of intention to leave (Form 13) allowing for minimum notice, as follows:

With grounds

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

Without ground

For a long term tenancy, the tenant must give at least 14 days notice, unless the caravan park manager has breached the agreement. The tenancy ends on the end date of the agreement or the end date of the notice period (whichever is longer).

Type of tenancy agreement Minimum notice period
Long term tenancy Short term tenancy
Periodic agreement 2 weeks
1 day
Fixed term agreement 14 days 1 day

Rooming accommodation

The resident gives notice to the rooming accommodation manager using a Resident leaving form - rooming accommodation (Form R13) allowing for minimum notice, as follows:

With grounds

Grounds (reasons) Minimum notice period
Failure to remedy breach 7 days
Property destroyed or made completely or partly unfit to live in Immediately

Without ground

A resident must give at least 7 days notice, unless the rooming accommodation manager has breached the agreement. The tenancy ends on the end date of the agreement or the end date of the notice period (whichever is longer).

Type of tenancy agreement Minimum notice period
Periodic agreement 7 days
Fixed term agreement 7 days

Property manager/owner or provider gives notice

General tenancies

The property manager/owner gives notice to the tenant using a Notice to leave (Form 12) allowing for minimum notice, as follows:

With grounds

Grounds (reasons) Minimum notice period
Unremedied breach – rent arrears 7 days
Unremedied breach – general 14 days
Non-compliance with tribunal order
7 days
Non-liveability
The day it is given
Compulsory acquisition
2 months
Sale contract (periodic only) 4 weeks
 Employment termination 4 weeks
 Ending of accommodation assistance 4 weeks
 Ending of housing assistance 1 month
Serious breach (public housing or community housing) 7 days
Mortgagee in possession will depend on whether mortgagee has/hasn’t consented to the tenancy 2 months
Death of a sole tenant (parties can agree on an earlier date) 2 weeks

Without ground

A tenant must be given at least 2 months notice, unless they have breached the agreement. However, the tenancy only ends on the end date of the agreement or the end date of the notice period (whichever is later).

Type of tenancy agreement Minimum notice period
Periodic agreement 2 months
Fixed term agreement 2 months

Caravan park (moveable dwelling) tenancies

The caravan park manager gives notice to the tenant using a Notice to leave (Form 12) allowing for minimum notice, as follows:

With grounds

Grounds (reasons) Minimum notice period
Long term tenancy Short term tenancy
Unremedied breach – rent arrears
2 days
n/a
Unremedied breach – general
2 days
n/a
Non-compliance with tribunal order
7 days
2 days
Non-compliance (moveable dwelling location)
2 days
2 days
Non-liveability
The day it is given The day it is given
Compulsory acquisition 2 months
2 days
Sale contract (periodic only) 4 weeks
2 days
Voluntary park closure 3 months
2 days
Compulsory park closure The day it is given
The day it is given
Employment termination 4 weeks
2 days
Ending of accommodation assistance 4 weeks
2 days
Ending of housing assistance 2 months
2 days
Mortgagee in possession will depend on whether mortgagee has/hasn’t consented to the tenancy 2 months
No exemption for moveable dwelling short term
Death of a sole tenant (parties can agree on an earlier date) 2 weeks
No exemption for moveable dwelling short term

Without ground

For a long term tenancy, a tenant must be given at least 2 months notice, unless they have breached the agreement. However, the tenancy only ends on the end date of the agreement or the end date of the notice period (whichever is later).

Type of tenancy agreement Minimum notice period
Long term tenancy Short term tenancy
Periodic agreement 2 months
2 days
Fixed term agreement 2 months
2 days

Rooming accommodation

The rooming accommodation manager gives notice to the resident using a Notice to leave - rooming accommodation (Form R12) allowing for minimum notice, as follows:

With grounds

Grounds (reasons) Minimum notice period
Failure to remedy general breach
2 days
Failure to remedy rent breach – less than 28 days
Immediately
Failure to remedy rent breach – 28 days or more
4 days
Serious breach
Immediately
Property destroyed
Immediately
Property acquired compulsorily under law 2 months
Employment ends or entitlement to occupy under employment ends 1 month
Mortgagee in possession 30 days
Death of a sole resident 7 days (parties can agree on an earlier date)

Without ground

A resident must given at least 14 days notice, unless they have breached the agreement. The tenancy only ends on the end date of the agreement or the end date of the notice period (whichever is later).

Type of tenancy agreement Minimum notice period
Periodic agreement 30 days
Fixed term agreement 14 days