Hi I am just wanting some advice, hopefully this can also serve as advice to others who have the same question. My lease expires soon and I have not yet received a written notice to vacate in the mail and am not sure if I will get one. I intend to stay in the place but would prefer month to month to a new lease..
Can this be sent by email or must it be in writing ?
Also as the lease becomes a month to month lease I am of the understanding that:
Clause 96 STT – Termination with cause applies.
Cl96 sets out the grounds for termination and the period of notice the landlord must give, as follows:
- That the landlord or their immediate relative, or a person who has a close personal relationship, and a reasonable expectation that the landlord would provide them with accommodation, genuinely intends to live in the premises (cl 96(1)(a),(b) and (c)) [4 weeks notice];
- That the landlord has a genuine intention to sell the premises (cl 96(1)(d)) [8 weeks notice]; or
- That the landlord has a genuine intention to reconstruct, renovate or make major repairs that cannot reasonably be carried out with the tenant living in the premises (cl 96(1)(e)) [12 weeks notice].
A notice under cl 96 can only be issued when the tenancy is periodic. This means such a notice cannot be given to a tenant who is in a fixed term tenancy.
So basically, you get a bit of notice for the reasons listed above. However, what seems stange to me is how is this enforced ?
If the agent just goes ” Oh yeah – the landlords brother wants to move in. ” What can you do about it ? Nothing. So is the above at all enforceable ?
Should I be prepared to move on short notice ?