Ending a Tenancy - Termination by the tenant common misconceptions

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The following misconceptions may turn out to have expensive consequences.

  • I can terminate a fixed term tenancy agreement by giving four weeks' notice to the landlord. False!
  • If I find someone else to move into the house after I leave, my problems are over. False!
  • As long as I keep paying my share of the rent, it doesn't matter if my co-tenant gets behind or walks out. False!


In each of these circumstances, the tenant has ongoing legal responsibilities which, in worst case scenarios, could end up costing thousands of dollars.


Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of ACT

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