How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 2

Termination notice


Regardless of their excuses the day they fall over 14 days behind in rent is when you need to give them a termination notice.

Why? Because:

  1. You are giving them free rent and
  2. They’ll keep falling further and further behind
  3. You must follow through with what you have told them
  4. It will be harder to get this money back on insurance if you don’t

The best way to send them a termination notice is doing it online through the tribunal’s website (For Victoria) – VCAT Residential Tenancies Hub.
Other states send Paper "Notice to Leave”. See links below

Create your free VCAT account here. When you’ve done that click on ‘Notices’.

The prompts will guide you through (unlike the paper form) and it will save you time if you have to apply for tribunal later.

If you don’t want to do it online you can find all the notices on RealRenta and the link to the latest one’s for you.

Serving the notice

You can hand deliver the notice or send it via registered post or Email.

I prefer to hand deliver the notice so the 14 days’ notice starts counting the next day.

If you do hand deliver it make sure you get them to sign an extra copy that you keep so you can prove it was handed on that day.

On the other hand, if you decide to post it you need to allow extra days for postage. Australia Post have recently increased their delivery times which means you need to allow even more days for postage now:

More info on serving of notices

VIC - https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/ending-a-lease-or-residency

QLD -https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/ending-tenancy-notice

NSW - https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/renting/ending-a-tenancy

SA - https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/housing/renting-and-letting

WA - https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/renting-home

NT - https://consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au/for-consumers/residential-tenancies

TAS - https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/topics/housing/renting

ACT - https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/77/kw/renting

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Jason Gwerder
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

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