My wife and I recently became landlords.
Signed a 6 month lease, rolled over into monthly. We decided we wanted to make changes to the property and it wasn't going well with the tenants for reasons I won't get into so we gave the tenants 90 days notice to vacate as per fair-trade NSW advice. We even waited until after Christmas period because we wanted to be fair on the tenants.
But now the tenants have vacated before the 90 day expiration and without any communication to us. We were deliberately misled, earlier we offered to let them use the trailer to transport some heavy items. We asked when could I come install the new range hood. The tenants had many opportunities to do the right thing and let us know they had found a new place and would be vacating early.
On Friday a moving truck arrives to our surprise, and later that day the tenants hand back keys to us. They then informed us (rather gleefully) they would not be paying any more rent - like they got one over on us.
Now we have an vacant property and we haven't even started to look for new tenants because we had more than 30 days to go until the 90 day notice period
Do we have any recourse? The bond is still with NSW Fair-Trading BTW.
Surely the tenants had to give some prior warning before they handed back possession.
The tenants deliberately deceived me so naturally I feel cheated. Not seeking revenge, just some sense of fairness/justice.
I'll call fair-trading when they open again tomorrow but appreciate advice on this forum as I'm very stressed.