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Vacating the Property

Required notice to vacate – Must be in writing in all instances

 

Ending a Fixed Term –  14 days
you are vacating & your tenancy agreement is about to expire:

If you are leaving at the end of your current fixed term lease,
the legislation requires at least 14 days notice in writing.
Please note that this amount of notice needs to commence when
we have received your notice, not when it was posted.

 

Ending a Non-Fixed (Periodic) Term – 21 days
you are vacating & your tenancy agreement has already expired:

If you are leaving on a non-fixed term (periodic) lease,
you are required to provide 21 days notice in writing.
Please note that this amount of notice needs to commence
when we have received your notice, not when it was posted to us.

 

Breaking a Fixed Term

There is a new compulsory Break fee provision for all new tenancy agreements.  The tenant is required to pay a sliding scale of 1-4 weeks rent when they break the lease, depending on how much of the lease is remaining.  There has also been an interim provision legislated for COVID-19 impacted tenants which caps the break fee to only 2 weeks.

The prescribed break fees for all new agreements are:

  • 4 weeks rent if less than 25 % of the agreement has expired
  • 3 weeks rent if 25 % or more but less than 50 % of the agreement has expired
  • 2 weeks rent if 50 % or more but less than 75 % of the agreement has expired
  • 1 week’s rent if 75 % or more of the agreement has expired.For example:

Example:  If seven months of a 12-month tenancy agreement (or 58%) has expired, a tenant would need to pay a fee equal to 2 weeks rent as a ‘break fee’.

The Final Inspection

Only once the property has been fully vacated, cleaned & grounds(if applicable) made ready, with keys returned can we commence our final inspection.  We want to be able to get your full bond paid back to you as quickly as possible, we note that to do this, you will need to ensure the following:

  • Rent – any outstanding rent is paid promptly
  • Property Ready – the property is cleaned, carpets & grounds returned as per their ingoing condition
  • Please follow the final vacating guide & we will work hard to get your bond refund processed as quickly as possible
  • Keys – ensure that all keys, remote controls etc have been returned

Moving Out Checklist For Tenants

Outstanding Rent

Please note that it is against the tenancy legislation to withhold rent at the end of your tenancy with the intention for this to be deducted from the bond. Your rent must be paid in full, leaving your bond intact.

Cleaning

It is also important to understand that cleaning thoroughness can be hampered by tiredness after moving into another property. We encourage you to employ a cleaner so this process is not compromised. Should the cleaning process not be completed thoroughly, this can result in extra costs associated in rectify any cleaning issues and will also delay the return of the bond.

Carpet Cleaning

Be aware that using cheap ‘do it yourself’ carpet cleaning hire machines may initially save on cost, but in the long run may cost you a lot more, as they generally do not have the power to get carpets properly cleaned. This can result in professional carpet cleaning still required after you have paid to hire a machine as well!  Please contact our office should you wish to gain a list of police cleared & insured carpet cleaners