I recently provided my real estate agent with a Notice to Vacate – break lease form (submitted on the 04/08/16). The real estate has held three open houses, although the owners have not accepted new tenants yet. If they don’t find new tenants within the next week then we will have to pay another fortnights rent (part of the break lease form was accepting to pay rent until a new tenant moves in or the tenancy agreement expires, we still have 6 months to go on the lease). My room mate and I only moved out as I took up a full time job offer in Sydney and had to relocate. I’m aware that we agreed to the above conditions although I feel the owners/real estate don’t have an incentive to find new tenants because we are still paying rent. I contacted the tenants union who advised once we hand back the keys and are out of the property we don’t have to pay rent anymore, although may be up for compensation to cover the costs the owners lost whilst not having a tenant in the property. I told this to the real estate agent and they said this was incorrect advice. Is there anything I can do if the owners/real estate are taking to long? Considering they’ve already had over 3 weeks to find new tenants and haven’t done so yet. I’m paying double rent until they find new tenants (My place in Sydney and the property in Canberra) and I can’t financially do this for much longer. Does anyone know a lawyer I can talk to or any advice would be appreciated.