Australian Capital Territory
When faced with a problematic tenant, a landlord is
required to first serve a notice to remedy.
If the tenant does not act on it within seven days,
then the landlord can move forward with a written notice to vacate.
If, however, the tenant has previously been issued
two remedy notices, then a notice to vacate can be presented immediately.
There should be an adequate period of notice, and the document should indicate the legal
grounds for termination as well as the premise behind these grounds.
If the tenant does not budge, then the landlord can
apply for a termination and possession order from the tribunal.
Subsequently, the landlord can request a warrant for
Upon providing two days’ notice regarding the
eviction, the authorities can then remove the tenant within a set period unless
there are exceptional circumstances.
In the Top-end, a
landlord must first seek out a rental officer to apply for an order for the
tenant to leave.
An order for eviction can be made concurrently, or
at another time.
The rental officer then issues the order to the
tenant and an affidavit of service is generated.
If the tenant does not vacate, the landlord
must file an order for a writ of possession with the Supreme Court within six
This order should be supported by the affidavit of
service for the eviction order and another confirming that the eviction order
The writ should then be issued to the sheriff, who would
be granted the authority to remove the tenant and recover the property on
behalf of the landlord.
In all cases, both parties will need to be prepared
for the cost of asking the authorities to hear a case.
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Monday, 1 March 2021