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Communtity Law Manual | Tenancy & housing | Your obligations at the end of the tenancy

Moving out: When and how tenancies end

Your obligations at the end of the tenancy

Your responsibilities when you move out

Residential Tenancies Act 1986, s 40(1)(e)

When your tenancy comes to an end, you must:

  • move out and take all your things with you
  • leave the place reasonably clean and tidy, including taking away all your rubbish
  • leave all the furniture, appliances and so on (“chattels”) that the landlord provided with the house or flat (these should be listed in the tenancy agreement).
  • return the keys to the landlord.

If you leave some of your things behind, there are rules the landlord has to follow for dealing with them. Food and other things that won’t last can be thrown out straight away. With other things, the landlord has to try to contact you to arrange for you to pick them up. If the landlord can’t reach you or you don’t pick up your things, the landlord can usually get rid of them or sell them.

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