When Can A Tenant Be Evicted?

The general effect of the legislation is to ensure that a tenant can only be evicted in the ACT if:

  • They have breached the terms of their tenancy agreement; or
  • The landlord has other lawful grounds for termination or reason for needing to recover the premises.

A landlord cannot terminate the tenancy just because the agreed fixed term has expired. When a fixed term expires it does not end the tenancy—it means that the tenancy no longer has a set term, this is called a periodic tenancy.