How much notice do I need to give my landlord to move out at the end of the lease?

It's a common misconception among tenants who are new to the renting game that a tenancy simply ends on the lease end date and you move out.

Actually, unless either you or your landlord provide written notice in advance the tenancy will automatically roll over to a periodic (month-to-month) tenancy at the end of the lease.

If you do want to leave at the end of the lease you need to make sure you give your landlord the appropriate amount of written notice. The amount of notice required varies from state to state.

Here's a run down of how many days notice you need to give before the lease ends in your state:

  • VIC     28 days
  • NSW   21 days
  • QLD    14 days
  • WA      30 days (to vacate at the end of fixed term agreement) & 21 days (for a periodic tenancy)
  • SA       28 days (using this form)
  • NT       14 days
  • TAS     No written notice legally required, landlord will usually confirm. 
  • ACT    21 days

If your lease ends on the 30th August and you're living in NSW you will need to give your landlord notice by the 9th August at the latest to move out on the 30th August. That provides the landlord with 21 full days of notice (the first full day starts the day after the notice is received and includes the lease end date).

To find out how much notice your landlord needs to give you to end the tenancy click here.