Breaking a Residential Lease
If a tenant wishes to break a lease, unless with written agreement with the property manager or the lessor, a tenant will have to pay reasonable compensation, such as reasonable advertising fee and re-letting costs to find a new tenant.
If a tenant is experiencing hardship, a tenant may apply to QCAT to have the lease to be terminated. However, a tenant may still have to pay reasonable compensation if QCAT makes an order to terminate the lease.
In some situation, a tenant may find a new tenant and transfer the remaining lease interest to the new tenant with the consent of the property manager/lessor.
If a dispute with the landlord or property manager is unable to be resolved, a tenant may seek assistance from RTA. RTA dispute resolution service is free. RTA may conduct a conciliation meeting with the parties and make informed decision regardless who is right or wrong in the incident.
If RTA cannot reach a solution or the matter is unsuitable for conciliation, either parties may apply to QCAT for a decision.
If a tenant is experiencing domestic violence and has obtained a domestic violence order, a tenant may apply to QCAT to have an interim order to restrain the violent person from causing any further personal injury or damage to property.