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Knowing your notification

Knowing your notification!

There are a few different circumstances surrounding notice periods on rental properties, and each require different notice periods. If you want to end the tenancy it is important you follow the correct procedures.


The minimum notice period you can give the tenant to vacate is:


14 days - if the tenant is 14 or more days behind in rent, or has committed some other breach or tenancy agreement.

30 days - if the fixed term is due to end.

30 days - if the premises has been sold after the fixed term has ended and vacant possession is required by the buyer under the terms of sale contract.

90 days - if the fixed term period has expired and no new agreement has been signed.


If you want the tenant to vacate you must give your tenants a termination notice. The notice must:

  • be in writing
  • be signed and dated by you or your agent
  • be properly addressed to the tenant
  • give the day on which the residential tenancy agreement is terminated and by which the tenant is required to vacate
  • where appropriate, give the grounds/reason for the notice
  • start when it reaches the tenant (allow time for posting)


Planning to sell?

If you are planning to sell your property, you must give your tenant written notice of the your intention to sell the residential premises not later than 14 days before the premises are first made available for inspection by prospective purchasers.


As always there are a few exceptions to these circumstances, such as the property being destroyed or uninhabitable, or the death of a tenant, so if you have any questions speak to your friendly Harcourts Property Manager who will be able to guide you through the process.