Cut and paste the template letter below or download a copy from the links above. Remember to substitute your details for the details contained in [square brackets].


[Your name]
[Your address]

[Lessor’s name]
[Lessor’s address]

Dear [lessor’s name]

Re:  Ending tenancy at [your address]

We write to inform you that due to reasons beyond our control, we will be forced to break our residential tenancy agreement with you before the end of the current fixed term. We will be vacating the above premises and return the keys on [date]. Please note that the tenancy terminates on this date, in accordance with clause 84 of our tenancy agreement.

It is our intention to advertise the premises for new tenants as soon as possible. Please contact us at [phone/contact details] to discuss any specific details you would like us to include. We will allow access to the premises for prospective tenants as the need arises, and we will refer any interested and suitable candidates for the tenancy to you for your approval.

We acknowledge that under Section 107 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (the Act) we may be liable to compensate you for losses incurred as a result of our early termination of the tenancy. However, we draw your attention to Section 38 of the Act, which states:

A person who, apart from this section, would be entitled to compensation under this Act is not entitled to the compensation, or part of it, where the loss, or part of the loss, to be compensated could have been reasonably avoided.

We will be in contact with you closer to the date we are leaving to make arrangements for a final inspection.

Yours sincerely,

[Tenant 1 signature]
[Tenant 1 name]

[Tenant 2 signature]
[Tenant 2 name]

[Tenant 3 signature]  [Delete if not applicable]
[Tenant 3 name]

[Tenant 4 signature]  [Delete if not applicable]
[Tenant 4 name]

Note that this notice – here tailored for a group of co-tenants – may also be used by any single tenant seeking to break a lease. This includes a sub-tenant in a fixed term agreement with their head tenant, or a head tenant seeking to break a fixed term agreement with their landlord (where the sub-tenant also wants to leave).



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