Ending the agreement early
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding agreement. If it is broken, compensation may need to be paid.
If a tenant or property manager/owner ends a fixed term agreement before the end date without grounds (i.e. without sufficient reason) they are breaking the agreement. This is also known as breaking the lease.
A tenant cannot be made to leave the property during a fixed term agreement without an order from QCAT (e.g. excessive hardship).
Parties can agree to end earlier but it must be agreed in writing. Should the tenant agree to the property manager/owner’s request to leave early, they may negotiate a compensation payment (e.g. moving costs). Any agreement should be put in writing.
Leaving the property
The tenant must leave the property in the same condition as when they moved in (except for fair wear and tear). All the keys must be returned (even extra keys the tenant had cut).
The Exit condition report (Form 14a) and Refund of rental bond (Form 4) should also be completed.
At the end of a tenancy agreement, the tenancy can be ended, or it can continue as either a fixed term or periodic agreement.
If you are ending your tenancy and leaving the rental property, we’ve outlined some important steps to follow when moving out, updating your details with the RTA and getting your bond back.
Either you or your property manager/owner has issued/received a notice in writing to end the tenancy. Check the day/date you need to hand the keys over. Contact your property manager/owner early if there are any concerns.
If you are extending your tenancy or going onto a periodic tenancy at the same property, please update your new tenancy agreement end date via RTA Web Services.
As a tenant, you have responsibilities at the end of a tenancy including returning the rental property in the same condition it was at the start less fair wear and tear. Evidence such as your entry condition report and photos are important to avoid any disputes at the end about the property condition. Take the time to plan your move to get everything right, have a checklist, clean, complete your exit condition report and get your bond back quickly.