Notice ending residency interest (domestic and family violence) (Form R20)

Notice ending residency interest (domestic and family violence) (Form R20)
v1 Oct21

A resident completes the Notice ending residency interest (domestic and family violence) when they believe they can no longer safely occupy the premises due to domestic and family violence and wish to end their interest in their current residency and vacate the premises.  

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A resident completes the Notice ending residency interest (domestic and family violence) when they believe they can no longer safely occupy the premises due to domestic and family violence and wish to end their interest in their current residency and vacate the premises.  

A resident must provide the completed form to their agent or manager/provider with relevant evidence to support their circumstances (e.g. a Domestic and family violence report). The relevant evidence options are set out on Part B of the form and the resident can choose to either show or give the relevant evidence to the agent or manager/provider. 

Residents vacating due to experiencing domestic and family violence must provide 7 days notice. They can leave before 7 days but they are responsible for paying rent until the end of the 7 day notice period.  

The vacating resident's interest in the residency agreement ends once the 7 day notice period has expired AND the resident has vacated the rental premises.

Vacating residents are not responsible for costs relating to: 

  •  the ending of the residential tenancy agreement or interest; 
  •  goods left behind in the rental premises; 
  •  reletting the rental premises.  

The vacating resident is still be responsible for costs associated with breaching terms of the agreement which are not related to the domestic and family violence (for example, rent arrears or damage to the property by a pet). However, vacating residents are not required to repair or compensate the agent or manager/provider for damage to the premises or inclusions caused by an act of domestic and family violence experienced by the resident. 

Vacating residents can apply for a refund of their rental bond contribution by completing and submitting a Bond refund for persons experiencing domestic and family violence (Form 4a) to the RTA. 

Within 7 days of receiving a Notice ending residency interest, the agent or manager/provider must inform the vacating resident on all of the following:

  • whether the agent or manager/provider intends to apply to QCAT under section 381H to have the notice set aside because it does not comply with section 318B
  • that any remaining residents for the rooming accommodation agreement will be informed that the resident vacating the rental premises (see continuing interest notice);
  • when the other residents will be informed that the resident is vacating the rental premises; and
  • that the rooming accommodation agreement continues for the other tenants.

IMPORTANT 

Everyone deserves to feel safe at home – domestic and family violence is never acceptable. 

Related resources: Help and support is available for Queenslanders affected by domestic and family violence. 

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