Abandonment termination notice (Form 15)

The Abandonment termination notice (Form 15) is used when the lessor/agent is terminating the agreement because they believe on reasonable grounds that the premises has been abandoned.

This notice must be served to the tenant at their residence or place of business.


  • The lessor/agent must not enter the premises to take possession unless in accordance with the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act).
  • Goods and documents left behind must be returned or disposed of in accordance with the Act.
  • Penalties may apply for non-compliance.

Disputing the notice

  • The tenant has 7 days from the date the notice is issued to apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to dispute the notice.
  • The tenant has 28 days from the date the notice is issued to apply to QCAT for compensation.
  • If the tenant does not dispute the notice by applying to QCAT under section 356 of the Act within 7 days, the tenant is taken to have abandoned the premises.

Bond refunds

  • The RTA cannot accept a Refund of rental bond (Form 4) until the date nominated in the form.
  • The RTA is unable to pay a rental bond if the lessor/agent has issued this notice and the agreement has not ended.

More information is available on our Abandoned premises or room page.

Form 15 – Abandonment termination notice
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Current version: v8 May13