“I’ve been on holiday and returned today to find a letter in my mailbox from my property manager saying the owner has sold the property. The expectation is that I will vacate within 2 weeks. I had no email notifying me of this while I was away. Am I within my rights to ask for an extension past this date?” – Tenant, NSW
We asked Mint 360 Property Senior Property Manager, Nancy Vieria for her advice.
Nancy said that if you are not on a fixed-term lease agreement and the appropriate termination notice has been served, your request for an extension can be refused, especially if the property has been sold with vacant possession.
“Unfortunately for the tenant, the landlord does not need to be able to prove the tenant received the notice,” she said.
“The proof will be in that the notice was properly served.”
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The concept of extending your vacate data isn’t uncommon among tenants – moving out and needing to find a new place to live can make life very stressful, especially when the notice is unexpected.
Consider staying with family and friends and hiring some storage space while you try to find your new home.
Failure to vacate your property by the termination date could have serious ramifications on your rental history and could affect your ability to rent in the future, depending on the circumstances.
Remember that your property manager is acting in the instruction of the landlord and legislation requirements. If you have questions about the terms of your lease agreement, get in touch with your agent and ask for help.