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Tips for Tenants – How to Break a Lease

by Chris Lang on December 23, 2008

Apartment for rentLife is full of surprises and things don’t always go the way we’d like them to. So it happens that after you’ve searched for a rental house and found one, moved in and started getting used to the new neighborhood, something comes up and you have to move to a different place. If you are renting on a fixed term contract, leaving before it ends is called “breaking a lease” (or in lawyers’ language “terminating a tenancy without grounds”).

When it comes to breaking a lease, you need to know your rights as a tenant. Of course the landlord isn’t going to be happy about your leaving, because he’ll have to find a new tenant and that’s a hassle – but there is a limit to how much he can make you pay.

How to break a lease

You have to give a notice to the landlord / his agent as soon as possible and in writing that you intend to leave on a particular date. When you move out and return the keys in that date, your tenancy ends and you can stop paying rent.

What it costs the tenant to break the lease

Because of your leaving early the landlord is entitled to compensation. You will need to compensate him

1) for the loss of rent that he would otherwise be getting and

2) for the costs he incurred to advertise the house again.

This means that you’ll have to pay the rent until a new tenant is found or until your fixed term lease ends. The good news is that the compensation is limited to 25 week’s rent, so even if you’ve just signed for a year and after 3 months had to leave they can’t charge you for the whole remaining 9 months.

Speaking of costs of re-letting the house again, these too have limit. Under no circumstances your landlord can ask for more than a week’s rent to cover these costs. And no matter how much they ask for, request an itemized list specifying all of their expenses to justify the bill. In other words they can’t just charge you a “re-letting fee” of one week’s rent without explaining what exactly they spent that money on and proving that the money was actually spent.

I have heard from friends about cases where the landlord wasn’t trying to find a new tenant and just kept charging the tenants that broke the lease because that was easier for him. You should know that it is actually illegal, and the landlord is not entitled for compensation for loss that could have been minimized or avoided if they had the house advertised for rent. If this is happening to you, here is what you can do:

  • Make sure that the agency is advertising the house for rent
  • Make sure they haven’t increased the rent (because obviously that will attract fewer prospective tenants)
  • Don’t pay the rent (the compensation) up front – you should be compensating for the loss that the landlord has suffered, not covering anticipated loss.
  • Until they find a new tenant, keep checking that the house is advertised. If they take it off the market for renovations, you shouldn’t be paying the compensation.

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{ 361 comments… read them below or add one }

Namrata April 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

We have just rented a is only two days we have been staying here.we have two children at our is 6 years old and the other is 6 months old.after moving in we found that the previous tenant had pets in the we asked the realtor to change the flooring of bathrooms and kitchen and also the countertop.she says that she wont be doing it and we have to do it at our my question is now i want to break the lease which is for a year and we cannot stay here as the floor looks highly soiled but the realtor says that she got it cleaned by the professional how can we break the lease of this house and move from here.? Please help immediately.


Jess April 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm


We are desperately wanting to get out of the fixed term rental agreement which ends October (for multiple reasons). At the 3 month check-up they said that the back stairs were going to get fixed because they are wobbly. This has not happened yet. We have just recently had our 6 month check up and I noted on the maintenance checklist that they are still wobbly. How or is there a way to get out of our lease without paying for anything as we can’t afford to?


Melissa March 25, 2015 at 12:03 am

Emergency repairs are repairs for:

a burst water service or a serious water service leak
a blocked or broken lavatory service
a serious roof leak
a gas leak
a dangerous electrical fault
flooding or serious flood damage
serious storm, fire or impact damage
a failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply to the property
a failure or breakdown of an essential service or hot water, cooking or heating appliance
a fault or damage that makes the property unsafe or insecure
a fault or damage likely to injure a person, damage property or unduly inconvenience a resident of the property
a serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area or premises that unduly inconveniences a resident in gaining access to, or using, the property
All other repairs are considered to be routine repairs.

Fast facts

A tenant/resident must notify the property manager/owner or manager in writing of the need for an emergency repair. In an emergency the nominated repairer can be contacted directly if the property manager/owner or manager is unavailable.
If there is a nominated repairer they should be listed on the tenancy agreement.
If the property manager/owner/manager or the nominated repairer cannot be contacted, the tenant can arrange a suitably qualified person to carry out the repair. The tenant can pay the repairer themselves and get the money back from the property manager/owner/manager or get the repairer to bill the property manager/owner/manager. They should forward all receipts to the property manager/owner/manager who must pay them back within 7 days.
If the tenant pays for emergency repairs the cost must not exceed the value of 2 weeks rent.
If the tenant and property manager/owner/manager do not agree about the emergency repairs, or if the property manager/owner/manager has not reimbursed the tenant within 7 days, they can apply to QCAT for a ruling.
A tenant should not stop paying their rent to force the property manager/owner/manager to undertake repairs. This is a breach of the tenancy agreement.


Jess May 21, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Hi I would like to know what to do as I have found a new place thinking my lease ends in June but It ends in July instead. I have paid rent for the new place but wondering what to do as I have to start the new place at the start of June. Please advise


Chris Lang May 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Hi Jess, sorry but I don’t see any solution to the situation except paying rent in both places for the two months. You can ask if the landlord at your current place can let you go early without paying rent, but I doubt they will do that.


sharan June 10, 2014 at 10:16 am

I have move to townhouse and I am very upset with my neighbors they keep sending me letters in my letter box since I move there that why your child was crying which is 3years 8 mon old. They punch on the wall yelling at us I have not replied them but now my condition is getting worse and I am taking headache tablets everyday.i told my real estate they said they can not do anything.they say me for a police complaint but I dont want to go into that matter very deeply because my situation is already getting worse. So I really want to break my lease so is I can get my bond back as I think it’s not my fault my real estate should tell me that my neighbors are old they want silent people in their neighborhood because how can I put my child on silent mood as he not a mobile phone. Please help me out


Sarah June 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

Hi i have two childen , and i have about four months ago moved into my new rental, not even a month in, my realestate gave keys to a maintenance man to just let himself in, is this ok, as he literally just walked into my home and didnt bother to knock, i do not feel safe in my home anymore and feel like i cannot leave it unattended due t0 i do not know who has the keys and when, how can i break the lease, as i have just found out i am pregnant and there is no way i will stay here and feel unsafe, PLEASE HELPPP


Helen July 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Hi, my daughter & I have rented together for the passed 14 months. We signed a new 12 month lease in May 2014, lease is in both names. However things have gone horribly wrong & we now want to end the lease.Can you give me any advice my main concern is she might just up & move out while Iam at work & them where does that leave me legally?



Siv August 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

I have a friend who only moved into a property a week ago. They seem to have issues of some sort of haunted feeling living at the place. They could not live for more than 4 days as the wife is alone at night as the husband works night shift. She feels like her covers are being pulled, and like some one is walking over her. Now they have moved into a friends place fearing to live in that house.
Is there anything they could do to break the lease. It has been a very emotional journey for the young family of 3


Colleen Morgan September 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Have a 6 month lease, 3 month into lease. On moving into house,( daughter an 5 yr old grandson,) the back door could not be locked for the first 3 week, then they had to flick for cock roaches, remove lazy Susan from kitchen cupboard, electrician to fix expose wire near laundry power point. Bedroom door still not fixed, builder recommend it be replaced. Shower door , water pressure , leaking gas, toilet all had to fixed 4 week in house., windows did not shut, …. Now while we were told the neighbors were racist by real estate to to previous Indian tenants, but now neighbors threatening to trap an bait my cats, while their cats are also in our yard. My grandson can no longer play outside due to there abuse of him, he has adhd an mild the fear of him maybe getting a bait that was intended for animals. Have female friend visiting yelling derogertry remarks eg rug munchers. They continual abuse is creating stress to mother an son to where they keep the whole house shut up an stay in doors rather than face abuse an fear of kid pet being baited, can not turn aircon on because can not afford to run it. She now has lost casual job at childcare near by, with no car she chose area close to work childcare shops she is in hardship could break lease on hardship grounds but how will that affect her getting another house. When the neighbor are being intimidating at local shop. Being a single mum, trying to study an cope with handicap child whom is reacting to to the stressful envioment is not conditions any one should have to live in, they made the move from a thousand km away for a better future an this is how they have had to deal with there first 3 months, need to break lease where do we stand please.


Silvana Caccetta September 28, 2014 at 12:52 am

I inspected a rental property fully furnished. It wasn’t clean but I was assured that it would be cleaned immaculately before I move in, a few weeks later I was due to sign the 12 month lease which I did , paid bond and 1 months rent in advance.
I was given keys. When I went to the house to move in, it was filthy, bathroom shower had build up of dirt around the shower screen , toilet filthy, ensuite shower had mould, oven had baked on grease, dishwasher filthy and there was even what looked like mice droppings hanging from the oven.
Inbetween the sliding door was a build up of dirt.
The back yard still had the bricks there and there was an area down the side of the house that was aprox 1.5ft deep with rocks, timber and rubble. I was told all this would be cleaned up and fixed as it’s dangerous.
I haven’t moved in and don’t want to as I feel sick at the thought of all that filth.
I even asked the agent to come right away to look at it which she did and when I asked her is she would shower, cook, or put her bottom on the toilet, she didn’t answer me but nodded no.
Can I get all my bond, rent back?


tracey October 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

hi, myself,husband and my 8 year old daughter moved into a home back in january 2014, we signed a 1 year lease in july, my question is can we brake our lease due to heath problems with my 8 year old daughter, for the last 4 weeks (sping time) we have been to hospital 3 times due to her not being able to breath because of 3 quite large trees in our front yard that flower, one doctor seems to think its because of these flowering trees, a second doctor asked if we have asbestos in our home because she has syptems refering to asbestos, in accually fact yes we do have asbestos our hole back fence is this material which is starting to break in parts..the owner and our realestate know that it is asbestos and ower was ment to remove fence pryer to us moving in and has not done so, i was reading that realestate is not ment to rent out a property knowing that there is asbestos there, so if you could give me your oppinion that would be muchly apprecitated..


Chris Lang October 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Hi Tracey, sorry to hear about the trees and asbestos. As a matter of fact this page says if any part of the building containing asbestos began to fall apart it should be treated as urgent repairs (at least in VIC) – have a read You can also apply to the Tribunal in your state to get an order for ending your lease early.


tracey October 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

hi chris..thank you for your reply, we been asking about a new fence because of this asbestos for the last 10months aswell as a broken glass shower screen that was ment to be repaired before we even moved in ( i bet if myself partner or my daughter cut ourselves on this they would soon get a new door put on), but its like talking to a brick wall with realestates or owners they just seem to think people whinge, fair enough if its just small things but when it comes to things like this its a differant story, like we have been in a few rental homes over the past and i have an A1 rating when it comes to house inspections and on time with rent, do these owners/realestates not get once you have a good tennant then try and keep them there, so because of this we have desided that we will be moving on…


Chris Lang October 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm

You’re right Tracey, it is very frustrating when property managers and landlords just ignore genuine safety issues. I understand why you want to move somewhere else!


Hector November 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hi There, I am renting and apartment for 22 months, my agreement on the lease finish on February, I have to move to another apartment because I haven’t got the money to pay the rent here anymore. But I won’t have money to pay rent in 2 places. My legal abligation is to pay until they rent it, but I haven’t got the money to do that. What is going to happen?


Chris Lang November 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Hi Hector, probably the best thing to do is to speak to the real estate agent or landlord of your current place. Let them know you can’t pay rent and you need them to end your lease early. If they decline, you should apply to the Tribunal in your state and claim financial hardship to end your current lease. The Tribunal can order the landlord to end your lease early. If you just move out, the landlord can apply to the Tribunal and claim compensation, and then they may come after you. I hope this resolves in your favour – please keep me posted.


Kate November 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Hi, we moved in to a rental in June (was a 12 month lease) and have had to move due to a change in circumstances. They re advertised the house and someone came forward saying that they wanted it for 6 months (would have completed our lease). Agent said no as they wanted it to be 12 months. Is this legal? Thanks, kate


Jo January 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm

I am 12 mths into a 2 yr lease. I wish to break my lease to move back to my home state to help out my daughter who has just had a major back operation. I am nearly 2000 Ks away from them. When I signed the lease I had a partner and the rent was fine. 6 mths into lease partner left. I have managed on my own .
I have already paid break lease fee about 2 mths ago agents have shown a couple of people through. My dele a is if I go back to help my daughter, who really needs me.
I cannot afford to be paying 2 rents. Please advise my options.


Barry January 10, 2015 at 2:09 am

I am renting a room in Sydney where 12 other people reside. I signed a 3 month lease with the owner and paid 2 weeks rent and $1.000 bond.
I have only been there for one month and need to leave to returning back to Melbourne. I want to know how I can end the lease and have my bond returned without paying rent until room is re-let by the owner. I am prepared to pay for a weeks rent from my bond


Barry January 10, 2015 at 2:13 am

Can you please let me know if the owner can keep my bond as he has kept the bond himself as security, but this was not given to fair trading.


Chris Lang January 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Hi Barry, when you move out at the end of lease, if no damage to the rental house was found during the final inspection, and also if you paid rent in full, you should get your bond back in full. You described a different situation, a standard contract says you should be paying rent until the end of lease or until your room is re-let, whichever is earlier. The landlord is also entitled to ‘break-lease’ fee if you decide to terminate your lease early.


Carita January 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Hi ,
So I’m currently on a lease with my parents and I want to move out (I pay some rent)
But they want to stay in the house

Do I have to pay anything to break my part of the lease ?


Chris Lang January 21, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Hi Carita, that would depend – is your name on the lease or not?


Donna January 23, 2015 at 5:20 pm

i moved into this house because i found a job here but the job has ended early and i now need to find work elsewhere, the town i live in is very small one pub and a couple of winerys so not enough work prospects here so i need to move to larger place but i cant afford two rents and still have 6 months on this lease. what can i do?


Chris Lang January 23, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Hi Donna, if staying in the house where you live now is causing you financial hardship you can apply to the Tribunal in your state and ask to terminate the lease early. You would have to prove your financial situation of course, but this is something you can do, to avoid paying two rents until the real estate agent finds a tenant to take over your house.


Phillipa January 29, 2015 at 11:18 am

Hi. My son and his partener, whom both are in the Defence Force are renting an apartment in Far Nth Queensland and want to break the lease early as Defence Housing has found them a property. Their agent is being most unhelpful, as the the rental market is depressed at the moment. I understand they need to submit a Notice of Intention to Leave Form which then the agent is obligated to advertise the property and find new tenants. The agent can mutually agree to end the lease without fees, or a break lease fee can be negotiated. They are aware that breaking the lease means compensating the landlord – reletting fee( 1 weeks rent) + rent until property is relet with a maximum of 25 weeks in rent. In NSW I understand there is a Defence Clause that overrules tenancy issues like this- re deployment/relocation interstate etc. I was advised by rtaqld that there is no such overriding clause in QLD, is this the case?


maryanne February 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

hi, I have a 6 months lease and have 2 months left. I was just wondering if I can break my lease if my house was broken into? It’s just me, my partner, my 2 year old daughter and another on the way (in 4 more weeks). I just feel so unsafe here while my partner is gone to work nearly all day and night. I’ve also heard from neighbours that they also had the same problem happen to them. Before i signed my lease i was told that this area is always secured and safe, also seeing cameras around i thought it would be. But for the past month the gate has been broken and the camera apparently isn’t working to. The only reason why i moved in here is because knowing my partner is always going to be at work ill be safe and okay with my daughter knowing it secured. But now after my house getting broken into while me and my daughter was sleeping, i just want to get out of here as soon as i can. So what can i do?


Chris Lang February 12, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Hi Maryanne, unfortunately living in an unsafe neighbourhood isn’t one of the official reasons that allow you to break the lease without paying fees. You can move out of course, and if you think there’s a threat to your safety you probably should, but expect to be charged for breaking lease, for advertising, and they might still charge you rent until a new tenant is found.


Jessie February 12, 2015 at 4:25 am

I am relocating due to marriage break down and looking to move within the next month. My real estate wants to charge me One weeks rent which is 330 a week, 63 dollars for fees and commissions incurred and another 150 for advertising the property. This seems a bit excessive. I thought it was just a weeks rent they could charge.


Chris Lang February 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Hi Jessie, this actually isn’t too bad, by law they can charge you rent for the entire time the house stays vacant (up to 25 weeks), while they are searching for tenants.


wilson March 21, 2015 at 3:28 am

i am renting a house for 6 months but i am leaving on the end of the 5th month. is it better to inform the agency about this matter as i dont want pay for the last month and i want to get my bond back.


tisme April 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

we rent a house and it turns out that the landlord has built a backporch /roof etc without the knowledge or permission of the council. the concrete slab sheds concrete dust like crazy the roof is lined with tinfoil……….yes well. the landlord wont do anything about it all. so we are eating dust yet he seems to have all the rights. we cant leave cos we have a lease and if we do we have to pay rent and advertising. i fear our health now and in the future. i got so depressed bout it all i ended up in hospital. cant afford a law firm legal aid doesnt do tenancy


Emily April 12, 2015 at 12:22 am

My husband and I signed a 12 month fixed term lease in November. In our application I explained I work interstate 1 week a fortnight. My husband is in the defence force and works night shifts a lot. The owner put the house on the market 16 weeks into our lease. They want to do open for inspections every week but our work means we can’t be there (or my husband is sleeping) and we don’t want people coming through when our dog is home alone. They’re threatening to take us to the tribunal for not having the house available more but we can’t. Please help!


jack April 14, 2015 at 3:31 am

hi we have just signed a lease and pay the rent and bond but haven,t moved to property, first day after sign lease we went to property . we were quietly talking about home interior in mean one of our neighbour came to us and he start yelling at us that we are so loud . we did not like the environment and his behaviour . i want to break the lease and we have not even entered the property. what should i do . plz help me..


chocolateworm April 23, 2015 at 12:08 am

Hi, I sublet one bed-room (of my 2 bedroom unit) to another tenant with verbal consent from the property agent. Now the tenant is breaking the lease and she is leaving after 2 months instead of a year contract we have. My problem now is my stipend from the University cannot afford a 2-bed-room. I need your advice what can I do? I offered to move to a studio that is just $100 lesser than the 2 bedroom to serve my contract between me and the landlord but he refuse. May I know what can I do? Can I get a compensation from the tenant?


Vanessa April 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Hi we are breaking a lease as we are moving overseas. WE have given the landlord 5 weeks notice via email, phone call and a Form 13. We have organised the realestate preferred cleaners who will take full responsibility for any issues at final inspection. House inspections have been held and are confident they will find tenants. How do we go about completing all paperwork etc for the BOND as we fly out the day after the final inspection?


reza May 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Hi Chris,
the company I used to work in Bunbury gave me a letter two weeks ago saying the branch there is closing and i have to move to Perth.
Bunbury is a small town and i could not found another job. so my wife and i moved to Perth to secure the job. but we still have 5 months on the previous lease. I tried to fill an application to wa tribunal to terminate the lease early, but I could not because there where some professional questions. so i wanna hire a lawyer. could you please introduce an appropriate one.



Colleen May 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

We have exposed asbestos in our dining room which is the result of a leaking roof back in February, after many emails and pictures sent to the agent, it took 8 weeks before any tradesmen came. It was then revealed that the damaged wall was asbestos and it was compromised, during the inspection of the wall the tradesman pushed on it and his hand went straight through. They sealed the holevbut more cracks were appearing. We waited 8 days after thye found the damaged wall was asbestos and during that time heard nothing, we sent emails and took pictures. Now the landlord wishes to charge us rent until the end of our lease, which has 7 weeks left. The house’s unsafevand my family’s cannot stay with compromised asbestos in the dining/ living are. Can he do that?


Venus May 30, 2015 at 1:54 am

Hi i just break my list on the may 26 because my husband just change his work and we talk to each other that i will finish the lease and move out but i just born the baby and i have another 3 children and i was so dipress that my husband away no one helping me to look after the kids i go to the hospital that i have a postnatal dipression thats why i need to break my lease what do i need to do to end my lease?


kmf June 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

I am just wondering if it is possible to break a lease 2 months early our daughter has developed high lead levels in her bloody and the doctor’s think it is due to our house which is really old, we have 6 children so it is really hard to find a house. The real estate have been really good to usbut due to a natural disaster our house have never been the same , is there any way we can get out of our lease and not have to pay the 2 months rent and still get our bond back


anna June 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm


I have just entered a lease… there are 100 u bits at property 1 week into lease I have seen police, asked for drugs, been starred at.. can u break a lease because I feel unsafe??


Karoline June 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Hi I have a contract agreement of 12 months I’ve been here for 9 of them. Unfortunatly i have to break the contract since my scholarship was cut and I have no money to pay so i will be going back to my country. I am delivering the notice of intention to leave 3 weeks before the day i have to go. What can legally happen to me since I don’t have money to pay anything after these 3 weeks?
Thank you


bobby July 8, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Does the limit of 25 weeks compensation apply to South Australian rentals too?


bobby July 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Does the 25 weeks limit apply to South Australian leases, or is this a Eastern States only rule. I cannot find anything on that limit. Due to a misunderstand we signed an extension – so now we are locked in for another 45 weeks. I don’t mind the compensation as the owners are entitled. We bought a house and now have to pay rent and a mortgage. How do I find out about the 25 week limit.


aimee July 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm

I have a lease that ends on the 10/8. I was wanting to no if I can end my lease with 3 Weeks left, if not how soon can I? Am I required to pay a breaking fee?


Kelly July 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Hi I had to break our lease due to getting a new job in another state after being made redundant. I sign my break lease form to find ljhooker had not advertised our house until 2 weeks later. It took a week after we moved out for them to inspect I still have 8 weeks left on our lease but had rent paid up for a few weeks now that rent has run out I’m due to pay rent again but they have not found any tenants to relet and I have had people say they could not inspect on a weekend I rang and asked why they said 24 hours was to short of notice. I have had 8 property manages and two real estate agency’s in my 1 year 10 mths at the property. Inspections were never on time maintenance was minimal and usual had to fight for it which I did breach the real estate it’s a high rent and has since become expensive for the area and given market. I no longer take calls and requested all communication is to be done by email. My phone rings everyday so they eventually email but won’t respond to mine even tho I reply immediatly. Is there anything more I can be doing or not doing. The weekly rental is $550 I have a family and am currently paying another rent so yes it getting expensive. I’ve asked for compensation for not advertising it for 2 weeks I told them I wasn’t paying for advertising$110 and $650 for break lease/transfer cost but that will only happen if they find tenants so my other compo offer was to return 2 weeks rent $1100 to me or to the ledger. This place is in brisbane. Any advise would be great. :)


Chris Lang July 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Hi Kelly,

Sorry to hear about the trouble with real estate agency. If they are not cooperating, and it sounds like they aren’t, you can claim Excessive hardship and terminate the lease this way – have a read here. Your circumstances seem to fit the description because you are forced to relocate which is the reason for breaking the lease.


judy August 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

I have been at my rental property for 6 months, my daughter and I are both on the lease. My daughter has now been transferred with work interstate and I am unable to pay the rent on my own, the lease was signed for 2 years. What can I do to reduce minimal cost on terminating the lease. I live in Canberra.


mitch October 25, 2015 at 12:46 am

I am the only lease holder of my property that i am renting but there is a approved tenant who is more then happy for me to go off the lease and move out. Can i put his name on the lease and take mine off ?


LUCIA November 10, 2015 at 10:59 am

Hi, i have asked the real estate to reduce the rest because of the market value and also because of some issues with the neighbors. They said we can not ask for it intil the end of the period. Can I end the current agreement because if the problems with the neighbor?

The neighbor has been abusive and aggressive toward us. I have talked to the police and they said to report it or go to court.

What could i Do?



Stacy November 11, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Hi we have a lease till the end of January 2016 but have to move out 24th of November moving interstate as husband lost his job and got a job in another state gave notice on the 13th of July that we would be moving out owners only got realestate to come look at house on the 5 th of November just wondering if we still have to pay rent till the end of January even though we gave 4 months notice and owners only did something about advertising 20 days before we move out?


Ekta November 13, 2015 at 11:55 pm


Please HELP….

I feel very insecure at the place that I am renting… my new car got stolen last month from my car parking bay which is inside the secure gate that opens with the remote…..and the thieves took my whole set of keys from the house door which included my house keys, letter box keys and my car keys…..

In addition to this, similar looking people were seen by my neighbour next morning on the stair cases leading to my apartment….but they ran away to the other side of the building as soon as they saw her……..

then few days later i heard someone trying to open my main door while i was alone at home….i had to call my neighbours to open their doors and pretend as if there were many people in her home to scare them away…..

Not only this……the letter boxes have been broken many times….and the last one was exactly a week after my car was stolen….

There has been another incident where a car was stolen from the same building…

The problem is that i feel very insecure to stay in the building and especially at the times when i am alone at home….I am unable to concentrate on anything at all these days……as i am mentally very upset….because of all these….

I don’t even feel secure getting out of the house….as i have very expensive stuff in my house which i fear to be stolen……

Whenever i see someone new in the building i feel scared…..

Considering all this…i want to break my lease….but the agent wants me to pays whole six months rent…plus expenses…..

Could you please suggest me what should i do….


With Regards


Raymond Warren November 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

I have been issued with a notice to leave without grounds, This is odd because rent is always on time and property inspections are done every 3 months with no complaints. Anyway, I am 71 years old with an Asian family for whom I am the guide as their English is not as yet able to cope with legal mishmash. We have been given 8 weeks to depart and this appears a little short order in my books as I am suffering with several complaints due to Asbestos in lungs, Sugar, stroke and other ailments including going blind. Can I lengthen the period they have given me to move, I am not against moving out but the time period is too severe.


Raymond Warren November 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

I need time to move out after being given an order to vacate without grounds. I am elderly and suffer from several illnesses that make it hard for me to move quickly. I do not want to go to nursing homes as I am still mobile enough to walk and talk and have a young family to protect. Rent has always been on time and inspections always without severe complaint. How can I lengthen the two month period over Christmas they have given me, I believe it is too short considering. The agent has a special dislike for me as I caught her lying about certain aspects of the house that were there before we moved in and she has resented it ever since, even becoming dictatorial in what she wanted done around the house and yet they were terribly slow to get repairs done to water pumps and plumbing. How do I protect myself in case Houses are not available?


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