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Can a landlord or owner break a lease if it is causing hardship?

If you are a landlord suffering hardship that could be reduced by moving into a property you own and have rented out, you can negotiate with the tenant to break the lease. You may, for example, offer a financial incentive for them to move out early.

You can also apply for permission to break the lease at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Note that tenants are not obliged to move out early unless the tribunal orders them to do so.

Tenants can also apply to end the lease due to hardship.

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