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 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 tenant/resident to any remaining/other tenants/resident until a minimum of 7 days after the vacating tenant/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 tenant/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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