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Ending a tenancy 

A guide for tenants

Generally, to end your tenancy you will need to give written notice to the landlord or agent. The notice period required will be different depending on the situation.

You can also end your tenancy by moving out after you have been given notice by the landlord.

At the end of the fixed term

If you want to end your tenancy when the fixed term period of the agreement is due to run out, you will need to give at least 14 days notice. This notice can be given up to and including the last day of the fixed term.

After the fixed term

If you want to end your tenancy after the fixed term has ended (and you have not signed another lease), you will need to give at least 21 days notice. This notice can be given at any time and does not have to line up with the rent payment cycle. You must pay the rent up to and including the day your notice ends and you vacate.

When a property is put up for sale

If your landlord has put the property up for sale during your fixed term agreement, you are not usually entitled to end the agreement early. However, if the landlord was planning to sell the property and had prepared a contract for sale, but did not disclose the proposed sale to you before signing the agreement, then you can terminate the lease with 14 days notice and you don't have to compensate the landlord for the early termination.

Getting notice from the landlord

If your landlord serves you with a termination notice you can move out any time before the notice ends without having to give your own notice. If you were given notice because of the end of the fixed term, you are responsible for paying the rent until the last day of the fixed term. Otherwise no further rent is payable from the day you hand back vacant possession after getting a termination notice from the landlord.

If your landlord serves you with a termination notice and you do not vacate by the day requested, the next step they can take is to apply to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a termination order. The Tribunal will send you a notice to attend a hearing.

The information on the following pages covers other issues about ending a tenancy:

Breaking a lease early
Getting your bond back
Retrieving goods left behind

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