Evicting a tenant for no reason

    If the landlord wants you to move out of the property, they must give you a valid Notice to Vacate. The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) sets out a number of different circumstances where a tenant can be given a notice to vacate, and the length of the notice period depends on why the landlord is giving you notice and whether or not you have a fixed-term tenancy agreement.

    What’s the problem?

    The RTA also allows landlords to give a notice to vacate for no specific reason.

    The TUV believes there is no good reason for no reason notices to vacate. If a landlord wants a tenant to vacate then, by definition, there is a reason and it should be transparent and open to scrutiny. Being forced to vacate premises is often a disruptive and difficult experience, particularly for families and for low income and disadvantaged tenants  – it should not occur without a good reason.

    Unfortunately no reason notices are sometimes used in a retaliatory fashion when tenants have exercised their rights under the RTA.

    What’s the solution?

    The TUV believes that no reason notices to vacate should be abolished.

    How can you help?

    1) Sign our petition

    The Victorian Government is currently reviewing our Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), which controls safety, security and privacy for 1.2 million people across the state. Help us to make renting fair by signing our petition.

    2) Tell us your story

    Case studies about your experiences can help us to campaign for better tenancy laws and practices. We have lots of statistics based on our research and our advice work but your stories can add a strong ‘human’ voice to our evidence base. This can be very powerful when we are talking to politicians or the media about the issues that tenants face. It can also provide good examples of real problems when we are writing submissions or newsletters.

    We will never use your story in a way that could identify you unless you specifically give us your consent. Tell us your story.

    3) Tell the Minister

     
    The Hon. Marlene Kairouz MP
    Minister for Consumer Affairs
     
    You can tell the Minister that she should abolish no reason notices to vacate.
    Send an email via the form below. You can add to our message or write your own.

    I shouldn’t be evicted for no reason

    Dear Minister,
     
    The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) currently sets out a number of legitimate scenarios where a tenant can be given a notice to vacate; however section 263 allows tenants to be forced to vacate for no specific reason.
     
    If a landlord wants a tenant to vacate then, by definition, there is a reason and it should be transparent and open to scrutiny. Being forced to vacate premises is often a disruptive and difficult experience, particularly for families and vulnerable groups – it should not occur without a good reason.
     
    I urge you to consider abolishing section 263 of the RTA that permits no reason notices to vacate.
     
    Yours sincerely,

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