Notice to Vacate
to tenant/s of rented premises
Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (the Act), Section 319(a) &
Residential Tenancies Regulations 2008, Regulation 9(1)
Use this form to give notice to vacate
• Note – if you intend to list more than one reason for the
tenant/s to vacate under sections 255, 256, 257, 258,
259 or 260, you will need to use a Composite Notice to
Vacate form available from Consumer Affairs Victoria.
How to use this form
Identify your reason
Read the reasons for giving notice to vacate on the
back of this page and identify the correct reason for
The number beside each reason is the relevant
section and sub-section of the Act—eg 244(1) is
section 244, sub-section (1). The title after the
section number describes the content of the section.
2 Consult the Act
You should consult the Act to make sure that you
are entitled to give a notice to vacate.
3 Work out the minimum time for the notice
The reasons are grouped according to the minimum
amount of notice time you must give your tenant.
The minimum notice period commences on the day
after the notice is given and the first available
termination date is the day after the minimum notice
period expires. Additional time must be allowed if the
notice is posted - see note on How to serve this
notice at the bottom of the next page.
4 Use the attached notice
The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and Residential
Tenancies Regulations 2008 set out exactly what must
be on a notice to vacate. The prescribed notice to
vacate is attached. You must use this notice to give your
tenant notice to vacate.
5 Complete the notice
You must complete all boxes on the notice.
In box 9, write the section number and the exact
words given on the back of this page for the reason
you are giving a notice to vacate. You must insert
dates and monetary amounts where a dotted line
appears in the reason. You must also provide
supporting factual information regarding the specific
premises to validate the reason given.
For example, if you are giving a notice