Responding to an abandonment notice

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If the lessor or agent issues you with an Abandonment Termination Notice you have 7 days to respond. If you do not dispute the notice within the 7 day period, the premises are taken to be abandoned.

The lessor or agent can then apply to the Tribunal for an order for compensation. If receive an Abandonment Termination Notice and have not abandoned the premises, you can apply to the Tribunal to dispute the notice.

You must lodge your application within 28 days after the notice was given. If you apply to the Tribunal within 7 days of the notice being issued, the Tribunal can order that the notice be set aside and you continue with the tenancy. If the application is heard more than 7 days after the notice is issued, the Tribunal can make any order it considers is appropriate.