Notice of intention to leave (Form 13)
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract that can only be ended in certain ways. Notice to end a tenancy must be in writing.
A tenant gives the Notice of intention to leave to the property manager/owner when they want to vacate the property by a certain date.
The tenant should use this form:
- to end a periodic agreement
- at the end of a fixed term agreement
- if they have grounds to end a fixed-term agreement early or if they are breaking the lease
If the tenant is giving this notice because of an unremedied breach by the property manager/owner it does not guarantee they can end the fixed term agreement early without having to pay compensation.
Tenants who are impacted by the COVID-19 emergency and need to end their fixed term agreement early may be eligible for capped break lease costs equivalent to one week’s rent. For further information and eligibility criteria, please refer to the Residential Tenancies Practice Guide.
The tenant can also apply for dispute resolution assistance for non-urgent matters or apply directly to QCAT for urgent matters before giving a Notice of intention to leave.
Tenants experiencing domestic and family violence can continue to end their interest in a tenancy quickly and safely until the end of the COVID-19 emergency period (until 30 September 2021) by completing a Domestic and Family Violence Notice ending tenancy and a Domestic and Family Violence Report.
When serving notices by post, the sender must allow time for the mail to arrive when working out notice periods.