The most common methods a tenant vacates their townhouse unit is to:
- move out at the completion of their lease;
- move out in the middle of their lease, also known as breaking a lease; or
- be asked to move out at the completion of their lease.
If you wish to move out at the completion of your lease, then you are required to submit an RTA Form 13 – Notice of intention to leave and provide this form to the manager two (2) weeks prior to moving out. Failure to provide the manager two weeks notice may result in the tenant being requested to pay two (2) weeks rent from the date of receipt of the RTA Form 13.
If you wish to move out in the middle of your lease, then you are required to submit an RTA Form 13 – Notice of intention to leave and provide this form to the manager. Upon receipt of this form the manager will attempt to find a replacement tenant to take over the remainder of your lease, however if you have decided to break your lease during a period where it is difficult to find a replacement tenant, you will be require to continue to pay the rent until such time as a replacement tenant is found. Once a replacement tenant is found, a “break-of-lease” fee equivalent to one (1) weeks rent + GST is payable and normally deducted from your bond.
From time to time an owner may decide not to renew a lease and ask the tenant to move out at the completion of the lease. Should this occur the owner will request the manager to submit an RTA Form 12 – Notice to leave and provide this form to the tenant no less than eight (8) weeks prior to the completion of the current lease.
It is important to note that once an RTA Form 13 – Notice of intention to leave has been received by the manager that it is difficult for the tenant to withdraw this form. This is because once a Notice of intention to leave has been received, the manager will begin searching for a replacement tenant and quite often in preparation the new tenant pays rent, bond, arranges utility services and for removal. If you do change your mind about moving out then please contact the manager ASAP however there is no guarantee that your decision can be reversed.
Once you have notified the manager of your vacate date, the manager will arrange for a professional cleaner to clean the unit and to have the carpets shampooed within your tenancy period. The cost of these services are normally deducted from the bond as part of your exit, which will not affect your bond rental history. If you like you may arrange these services yourself but please be aware that if the unit is not cleaned to our professional standards then you will be forced to pay for our cleaners. Some tenants attempt to save money by using cheap and untried companies however the age old saying of “you get what you pay for” is all too often true. We do not recommend this additional stress when moving out!
The process for move out is shown below. We request tenants to move all furniture out 2-3 days prior to the tenancy end. Professional cleaning is then carried out 1 day prior to tenancy end with the carpets being shampooed on the last day. We generally allow 1 spare day to ensure carpets dry and to assess the unit prior to the new tenant moving in.
On the last day of the tenancy we will ask you to come to our office to sign an RTA Form 4 – Refund of rental bond. Please ensure you have your bank details on hand and that each person who signed the original RTA Form 2 Bond lodgement is available to sign. The RTA normally returns the bond refund within 3 working days.
You can find the Moving out power disconnection form at https://www.meteredenergy.com.au/movingout.html. You can also download the moving out form from the Metered Energy website or ask for one at our office. Please make the disconnection for your electricity 3-5 days after you have moved out to allow us to test all electrical appliances in your unit prior to a new tenant moving in. Metered Energy are contactable on 1300 633 637.