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Changes to notice to vacate period coming 1 July in Victoria

Under current law, a rental provider can issue a notice to vacate without providing a reason. The notice period is 120 days for rental agreements of up to five years.

From 1 July 2020, a rental provider must provide a valid reason to end a rental agreement (lease). They cannot issue a ‘no specified reason’ notice to vacate. Examples of valid reasons include selling the property, change of use or demolition of the premises, and a rental provider moving back into the premises. A rental provider can give a notice to vacate if the renter or any other person occupying the premises has seriously threatened or intimidated:

• the rental provider or their agent, or

• contractors or employees of the rental provider or their agent.

A rental provider may also give a notice to vacate if:

• VCAT has excluded a pet from the rental premise, and

• the renter has failed to comply with the VCAT order within 14 days.

For more information talk to your Barry Plant Property Manager or visit www.consumer.vic.gov.au and view the section on all the upcoming changes to renting laws in Victoria.