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VIC Possible to Terminate Lease Early under Property Law?

Discussion in 'Property Law Forum' started by matthew425, 24 September 2015.

  1. matthew425

    matthew425 Member

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    Hi,

    Three months ago, my partner and I started renting a one-bedroom apartment via an agency with a 1 year contract. I am currently employed as a contractor, and my work contract is terminating soon. My partner has resigned from her job recently for personal reasons.

    In a couple of months, I will start a new job where I will work only from home, and therefore, we would like to look for a new apartment with an extra room where I could install a study. That would imply breaking the lease early.

    My question is, are the reasons that I explained above sufficient to break a tenancy agreement early without having to pay for all the remaining months? For the real estate agent, is a contractor's contract that is ending the same thing as being fired from a job? Will my partner's resignation have any impact?

    If we want to take this route, what are the fees that we could be asked to pay under Property Law?

    Thank you for your assistance!

    Regards
     
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    1. No, unless it is in the tenancy agreement.
    2. Not sure of relevance.
    3. No.
     
  3. matthew425

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    Hi Rod and thanks,

    I know there are special cases where you can legally end a lease early, such as being relocated for work, or fired, unable to pay, etc.? That was the point of my question #2.

    Thanks
     
  4. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    Let me know about the special cases, not aware of these.

    BTW, you can always approach the landlord, explain your situation and see if he will let you out of lease. Maybe they can advertise with you still in the property.

    Not all landlords are unreasonable.
     

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