Question from Inge updated on 1st November 2011:
Our expert Juliet Robinson responded:
A fixed term tenancy can be terminated by one of two means, either by agreement between the parties or by an order of the Tenancy Tribunal. You should talk to your property manager and make clear your intentions. Ask your property manager to pass your wishes on to the owner of the property. The owner should be aware of the problems that are occurring with the house and may be open to you moving out and giving them more space to get the repairs done. If you feel you are unable to continue living in the property and you can’t get satisfaction from the landlord / property manager, you can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to have your tenancy terminated. The Tribunal will order termination if it considers that such termination is necessary and fair. It is not a rubber-stamping, you will have to justify the request and so you would do well to provide the Tribunal with all the relevant facts to support your request.
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