Terminating a Fixed Term Tenancy Without Grounds (Breaking the Lease)

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Terminating the tenancy agreement before the end of the fixed term without any of the grounds listed above will be a breach of the lease agreement. There are no penalties for this but the landlord may be entitled to limited compensation.

If you know you need to end the tenancy early, you should start by giving written notice to the landlord or agent of your intention to vacate on a specified date.

Once you have served this notice, providing you vacate and return the keys on or by the date you propose, your tenancy terminates on this date (cl 84). This brings to an end your ongoing liability to pay rent and care for the premises, however you may still be liable for compensation, as follows.


Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of ACT

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