As a landlord, you expect that your tenants will see out their lease agreement but what happens if they need to end the agreement and move out early?

Circumstances can change without warning and if for example, a tenant has been transferred for work, they may find themselves needing to vacate their Toowong rental property earlier than expected.

While it is not an ideal situation, we have measures in place to ensure the landlord is protected and the tenant is given support. By doing so, we can help make the move as amicable and as stress free as possible.

What happens now?

If a tenant decides to end their fixed lease agreement before the end date, they will likely need to compensate the landlord. Generally, this means covering the reletting fees and the cost to advertise the property. The tenants will also need to continue to pay the rent until a suitable new applicant is able to move into the Toowong rental property.

Minimising Costs

While the tenant is responsible for the expenses to re-let the property and will continue to pay rent, the property manager and landlord also have a legal obligation to minimise the costs which result from the break lease. They must make a reasonable effort to re-let the property in a reasonable time frame.

Leased | 33 Morley Street, Toowong $830pw

Altering the Rent

It may be tempting to review the rental income when a tenant is vacating the property. Unfortunately, under the current legislation, the rental amount must remain the same as the existing lease agreement.

Mutual Agreement

In some cases, the landlord and tenant may come to a mutual agreement to end the tenancy early on a specific date. You may have had a long-term tenant who has looked after your Toowong rental property over the years, and has requested to move out a month prior to the end date. If a mutual agreement can be made, the tenant will not be liable for the costs associated with re-letting or advertising the rental property.

Leased | 42 Marmion Parade, Taringa $1,500pw

Excessive Hardship

The tenant may be excused from the commitments of the lease agreement in the event they are suffering from excessive hardship. This may include a tenant who has lost their job and is unable to pay rent, or severe physical or mental illness. In this case the tenant would need to make an urgent appeal to QCAT and the individual circumstances would be ruled upon by the adjudicator.

Superior Service & Support

In most cases we find that a tenant ending the lease early has a minimal effect on the landlord as long as the situation is handled correctly.

When a tenant moves into a property, we clearly explain the obligations of the lease agreement and if the matter arises, we discuss alternatives before they make the decision to end the lease early.

As a boutique agency, we offer a level of support that gives confidence to our clients and ensures the best outcome is found for all parties involved.


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The information compiled in this article has been sourced from the Queensland Residential Tenancies Authority.

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