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There are many reasons you might need to terminate a rental property agreement early. Your right to do this is protected by law, and if you follow some simple rules, the process can be stress-free. http://www.focuspropertymanagement.com.au/

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Breaking it Gently: Tips for Early Termination of a Rental Agreement

  1. 1. Breaking it Gently: Tips for Early Termination of a Rental AgreementDespite your best intentions when signing a rental property agreement, circumstances change,and there’s sometimes a need to break the agreement early. Your right to do this is part of theResidential Tenancies Act. The experts at Focus Property Management believe you can makethis a simple and relatively painless process by understanding the requirements andcommunicating clearly with your landlord or agent.Know Your RightsAs a tenant, you have a right to terminate your rental agreement if your landlord or agent hasnot met his/her obligations as set out in the agreement. An example of this might be that theproperty is not habitable (for reasons beyond your control).There are also provisions for you to request termination of your rental agreement if you aresuffering ‘undue hardship’; for example, you might have lost your job and can no longer affordthe rent. You are also able to terminate an agreement for ‘extraordinary’ reasons, such asneeding to move away due to a domestic violence problem.Simple Steps to Successful TerminationWhatever the reason for needing to break your rental agreement, you should follow theprescribed process carefully. That way, you will experience a minimum of stress in what mightalready be a stressful situation, when dealing with the Best Sydney Property Management realestate agency.The first step is always to notify your landlord or his agent in writing. To do this, you mustcomplete a termination notice in writing. This form may not be emailed, so you should eithersend via fax, post or hand-deliver it to the landlord or agent. You should give as much notice aspossible, and there are minimum notice periods specified, depending on the reasons for yourtermination.If the landlord or agent agrees, they will do this in writing, and you should agree a date to moveout, and return your keys. If they do not agree, you still have the right to end your tenancy bymoving out and returning your keys. You should stop paying rent on the day you leave.Know Your ResponsibilitiesUnless the property has been damaged by fire, flood or similar event, you should leave it in thebest possible condition, and invite the landlord or agent to inspect it. There should be a signedfinal condition report and you should obtain a copy of this. This is important evidence that youhave left the property in good condition.There may be a ‘break fee’, either specified in the original agreement, or imposed when yougive notice. You can try to negotiate a lower amount if this will incur undue hardship. As with allthese matters, the better your communication with your landlord or agent, the better your
  2. 2. chance of settling this amicably. There is a tribunal where disputes are settled, but you shouldattempt to settle without this final step.Remember that you may be liable to pay rent on the property until the end of the agreementterm. Therefore, it is important that you follow processes carefully and work cooperatively withthe landlord or agent as far as possible. Then, if you have to take the next step of enlisting helpfrom the Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, you will be able to prove that you have workedas far as possible within the rules. For more information on successfully terminating a rentalagreement, click here. http://www.focuspropertymanagement.com.au/

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