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This letter can be used by a tenant to give notice to end a tenancy.
The document provides a simple template that enables a tenant to give the necessary notice, provide payment details for the return of any deposit, and to resolve outstanding issues such as vacation dates and arrangements.
Legislation in each state and territory sets out various provisions regarding leases, including grounds for termination, and minimum notice periods. The lease which is being terminated may also contain provisions in relation to these matters. In either case, it will be necessary to comply with the minimum notice requirements, unless the landlord allows otherwise.
How to use this document
Once this document has been prepared, it can be provided to the landlord either by post, email or hand delivery.
The tenant should make note of the date that it is actually delivered, in order to be sure that the tenant has provided sufficient notice. In addition, the tenant may choose to send the letter by registered post, or to otherwise keep some proof of delivery.
Different laws may apply to this matter depending on which state or territory the property is located in, and whether the property has been leased for residential, commercial or retail purposes.
Retail leases are a sub-category of commercial leases (usually for properties that involve a "retail" element, such as a shop front). The laws in each state and territory regarding retail leases also provide more protections to tenants of retail properties than those of ordinary commercial properties.
Each state and territory also has its own legislation regarding residential tenancies.
The relevant laws may specify the minimum amount of notice that must be provided before terminating the lease, as well as the form in which notice may be provided (such as whether an email suffices).
Further information or legal assistance, particularly for residential tenants is available from consumer affairs offices, tenant unions or tenant advice services in each state and territory. Community legal centres may also provide assistance.
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A guide to help you: How to Terminate your Commercial Lease Agreement
Other names for the document: Tenant's Letter Giving Notice to End Tenancy Agreement, Tenant's Letter to End Tenancy, Tenant's Notice to End Tenancy, Tenant's Letter to Terminate Tenancy, Tenant's Letter to Vacate Tenancy