Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Temporary changes to Victoria’s laws on renting homes. Find out more

Ending your tenancy
Moving out can be exciting or stressful, or both! Find out what you need to do when you want to leave, and what your rights are if the landlord wants you to leave.

When you want to leave

Your lease does not end unless you or the landlord give a notice to end the tenancy. Check the dates in your lease and the reason you are leaving to work out when you have to tell the landlord and when you can stop paying rent.

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Ending a tenancy

Here are some tips on things you need to think about when you are getting ready to leave.

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Eviction

Temporary laws are now in place – from 29 March 2020 to 28 March 2021 – to give tenants some protection against eviction during the pandemic.

See our COVID-19 guide for the latest rules on eviction.

COVID-19 guide for renters

Goods left behind

There are rules on what happens to your belongings when you move out. Find out what the landlord needs to do, what you need to do, and if you have to pay removal or storage costs.

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Tenant databases or “blacklists”

Agents often use databases or “blacklists” to check your rental history. Find out what your rights are, what agents have to tell you, if you can be listed, and how to change a listing if it’s wrong.

The landlord must not list you for rent you owe due to impacts of COVID-19.

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