Today’s topic is about clarifying the notice periods, rules and legislation surrounding termination of tenant(s) in NSW. There is often a lot of confusion around this topic, exacerbated by the fact that each State and Territory has its own rules!!!
For those that love reading up law, the rules and stipulation of how, when and the process for a landlord to terminate their tenant(s), can be found in the NSW Residential Tenancy Act 2010 (Div 2 – Clauses 84 to 95). It is worth mentioning, that the Residential Tenancy Act amendments of 2019, left the relevant clauses unchanged, with only the introduction of termination on the grounds of non-payment of water usage charges or charges for the supply of electricity, gas or oil, been added. This is a good thing if you are a landlord.
So without further ado… this is all you need to know – in simple English and with some examples…
7. Termination because of landlord hardship: A tenant can be terminated by order of the NCAT, on the grounds that the landlord is in hardship or will be in hardship if the tenancy isn’t terminated, and there is evidence to support the claim. The tribunal may award compensation to the tenant in this case but the tenant is required to do all they can to minimise the loss for the landlord.
- have intentionally, recklessly – or by permitting someone else to have – caused serious damage to the property or a neighbouring property (including common property). Any serious damage to the property whether intended or not, falls in this category. For example, a tenant who’s moving company brings an oversize vehicle onto a large apartment complex, which severely damages the roller door causing thousands of dollars worth of damage, can be terminated!
- have intentionally, recklessly – or by permitting someone else to have – caused an injury to the landlord, the property manager, an employee or contractor, or anyone occupying neighbouring property or common property. An example of this, could be when a tenant gets into a physical altercation with a neighbour.
- be using the property or a property that is adjoining or adjacent for illegal purposes such as manufacturing drugs but also any other unlawful purposes sufficient to justify termination.
- have seriously or persistently threatened or abused the landlord, the property manager or any employee or contractor of the landlord or the property manager, or caused or permitted threats, abuse or conduct.
- have engaged – whether personally or via another person – in conduct, that caused someone to feel intimidated or harassed. This means that a tenant could be terminated, if a 3rd party witnessed a guest of theirs having a very serious altercation with a neighbour, and felt intimidated!
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