Ending tenancy early

Note: tenancy law changed on 23rd March 2020. All our factsheets are up to date, but sample letters are still under review.

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.

Cut 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 of an amount equal to 6 weeks rent if less than half of the fixed term had expired when the premises were abandoned, or an amount equal to 4 weeks rent in any other case.

More than half of the fixed term agreement has now expired. I will therefore include this 4-week fee which totals $[amount] in 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]