Ending tenancy early

You can use this sample letter to let the landlord or agent know that you are leaving before the end of a fixed-term tenancy. See Factsheet 16: Ending Tenancy Early for more information.

Copy and paste the template letter below or download a copy from the link above. Remember to substitute your details for the details contained in [square brackets].

[Your name and address]


[Landlord’s or agent’s name and address]

Dear …

Re: Termination of tenancy agreement at [your address]

I am writing to give you notice that I am terminating the tenancy agreement and will be giving vacant possession of the above premises on [date].

I have to break my residential tenancy agreement because of reasons beyond my control.

I draw your attention to our contract which sets out a break fee formula at clause 51. As [n] quarter/s of the fixed term have passed, my break fee will be [4-n] weeks rent. I will include this fee which totals $[amount] with my final rent payment on [date].

I will be in contact with you closer to that date to arrange a time when we can both inspect the premises, complete a condition report and I can return the keys to you.

Yours sincerely

[T Tenant]