Notice periods for ending a tenancy

Update: The Queensland Government has made changes to some COVID-19 arrangements for residential tenancies, effective 1 May 2021 to 30 April 2022. Learn more.

There are rules and timeframes that must be followed when ending a tenancy. A tenant, property manager or property owner can all issue a notice ending a tenancy.

If the correct notice and form are not used, the other person may ask for 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 Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 was amended on 30 September 2020 and 1 May 2021, to help the Queensland residential rental sector transition back to normal tenancy arrangements and processes under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.

The changes will continue until 30 April 2022.

The tables below outline existing and the remaining new grounds (reasons) and notice periods for ending a tenancy under the Act and during the COVID-19 emergency period.

Note: From 30 September 2020, normal processes and grounds apply to ending agreements for reasons not related to COVID-19, except where outlined in the below tables. Refer to the updated Residential Tenancies Practice Guide

Tenant gives notice

Property manager/owner or provider gives notice

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