Notice of intention to leave (Form R13)

Important: New reasons and timeframes for ending a tenancy during the COVID-19 emergency period may apply. This page has been updated to reflect these changes.

The Resident leaving form is given to the property manager/owner when the tenant wants to end the accommodation agreement and leave by a certain date.

Note: New reasons/grounds and minimum notice periods for ending a tenancy during COVID-19 emergency period (until 31 December 2020) may be applicable.


The resident can use this form:

  • to end a periodic agreement
  • at the end of a fixed term agreement
  • when the property manager agrees in writing to end a fixed term agreement early, or
  • if they have grounds (reasons) to leave a fixed term agreement early.

If the resident is leaving on grounds of domestic and family violence, they will need to complete the Domestic and Family Violence ending residency form.


Property manager/owner breaches the agreement

If the tenant has issued the property manager owner with a breach notice and the property manager/owner has not fixed the problem by the date on the notice they must give at least 7 days’ notice before ending the agreement.

If the tenant is giving this notice because of an unremedied breach by the property manager/owner it does not guarantee they can end the agreement early without having to pay compensation.

Residents who are impacted by the COVID-19 emergency and need to end their fixed term agreement early may be eligible for capped break lease costs equivalent to one week’s rent. For further information and eligibility criteria, please refer to the Residential Tenancies Practice Guide.


Property unfit to live in

If the rental property has been destroyed, or made completely or partly unfit to live in, the tenant can end the accommodation agreement immediately—within one month of the event.

If the property manager/owner disputes the reason/s for ending a fixed term early, they should try to resolve the matter with the tenant first. If agreement cannot be reached, the RTA’s free dispute resolution service may be able to help.

When serving notices by post, the sender must allow time for the mail to arrive when working out when a notice period ends.

New grounds (reasons) applicable during the COVID-19 emergency period Minimum timeframe
Property not in good repair and unfit to live in, AND the resident issues this notice within the first 7 days of occupying premises The day it is given
Grounds (reasons) Minimum timeframe
Failure to remedy breach 7 days
Premises destroyed or made completely or partly unfit to live in Immediately
Without ground Minimum timeframe
Periodic agreement 7 days
Fixed term agreement

A resident must give at least 7 days’ notice, unless the manager/ provider has breached the agreement. The tenancy ends on the end date of the agreement or the end date of the notice period (whichever is longer). Both parties can agree to end a fixed term agreement early but it must be agreed in writing.
7 days
Form R13 – Notice of intention to leave – rooming accommodation
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Current version: v8 May20
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