Continuing interest notice

Continuing interest notice
v1 Oct21

The Continuing interest notice has been developed to support property managers/owners, agents or managers/providers to fulfil their obligations under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.  

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The Continuing interest notice has been developed to support property managers/owners, agents or managers/providers to fulfil their obligations under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.  

This notice must be provided to all remaining tenants/residents for the same residential tenancy or rooming accommodation agreement no earlier than 7 days and no later than 14 days after a vacating tenant’s or resident’s interest in the agreement ends on grounds of domestic and family violence.  

The continuing interest notice informs any remaining tenants/residents that: 

  • the vacating tenant/resident’s interest in the agreement has ended; 
  • the residential tenancy or rooming accommodation agreement continues for the remaining tenant/resident, and any other remaining tenants/residents, on the same terms; and 
  • if the remaining tenants/residents are required to top up the rental bond: 
    • the remaining tenants/residents are required to top up the rental bond;
    • the amount the remaining tenants/residents must pay to top up the rental bond; and 
    • the day by which the top up must be made (which must be at least 1 month after the continuing interest notice is given to all remaining tenants/residents). 

Note: Before giving a continuing interest notice to any remaining tenants/residents, the property manager/owner, agent or manager/provider must have already informed the vacating tenant/resident on all of the following: 

  • that the other tenants/residents will be informed that the tenant/resident is vacating the premises; 
  • when the other tenants/residents will be informed that the tenant/resident is vacating the premises; and 
  • that the residential tenancy/rooming accommodation agreement continues for the other tenants/residents. 

Guidelines for property managers/owners, agents or managers/providers 

It is critical to maintain the privacy of a tenant/resident who is experiencing domestic and family violence to ensure their safety.  

  • You must not disclose information about the tenant/resident’s domestic and family violence experience to anyone unless in specific permitted circumstances (outlined in the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 section 308I and 381I). 
  • You must not provide any information about the vacating resident to any remaining/other residents until a minimum of 7 days after the vacating resident’s interest in the tenancy ends. After this time period, information given should be limited to that in the Continuing interest notice. 
  • Contact details provided by the vacating resident MUST NOT be passed on to anyone else, unless required by law to do so. 

Penalties apply if you do not follow these requirements. 

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