How much notice do I have to give to vacate a rental property?
To end your tenancy you will need to give written notice to the landlord, agent or tenant. The notice period required is different depending on the situation. The termination 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 the notice period ends and you vacate.
Tenant ending a tenancy
At the end of the fixed term
If you want to end your tenancy when the fixed term period is ending, you 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 agreement, you need to give at least 21 days notice.
When a property is put up for sale
If your landlord notifies you of their intention to sell the property during the fixed term of your tenancy, you can end your agreement by giving at least 14 days’ notice. No penalty applies.
This does not apply if before you entered into the tenancy agreement, your landlord let you know a contract for sale was being prepared.
Getting notice from the landlord
If your landlord serves you with a termination notice, you can move out any time before the notice ends. 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 lease. Otherwise no further rent is payable from the day you leave.
If you or your dependent child are in circumstances of domestic violence, you can end your tenancy immediately to escape violence without being penalised. You will need to give a domestic violence termination notice to your landlord and each co-tenant. The domestic violence termination notice given to your landlord must include one of the acceptable forms of evidence.
There is no minimum notice period required if notice is given in circumstances of domestic violence. However, the notice must include a termination date, which can be on the same day you give the notice or a day after the notice is given.
Providing a termination notice - tenants and landlords
A termination notice must:
You can write your own notice or use the sample termination notice provided by Fair Trading.
Landlord ending a tenancy
If you want the tenant to vacate you must give them a termination notice. The notice must:
You can write your own notice or use the model termination notice provided by Fair Trading.
The minimum period of notice you can give the tenant to vacate is:
These notice periods are designed to give tenants reasonable time to find another rental property. If they can find a property sooner they can move out at any time without having to give you any formal notice. Except where notice has been given for the end of the fixed term, the tenant's responsibility to pay rent ends from the date they hand back possession, not the end of the notice.
There is no minimum notice period required if notice is given on the grounds of:
After you issue a notice you can issue another notice on a different ground if necessary. For example, if you issue 90 days notice to terminate a periodic tenancy without a reason, and the tenant then doesn't pay rent for 14 days, you can issue a non-payment of rent notice.
This article originally appeared on the NSW Government website; Fair Trading - Ending a tenancy
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