Caravan park owner giving notice to vacate

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How to give notice

Caravan park and/or caravan owners can end a fixed-term lease before the end date by mutual agreement with the resident. Agreements should be in writing. Otherwise, an owner must give the resident written notice.

Owners are advised to use the Notice to vacate to resident/s of a caravan park (Word, 764KB).

The notice to vacate (end the residency and leave the property) must be delivered to the resident at the caravan park, either by:

  • registered post
  • electronic communication (such as email), if the resident has given consent to receive notices and other documents this way, or 
  • hand (giving the notice personally to the resident). If the resident is unavailable, the owner can leave the notice with a person who appears to be aged over 16 and residing or employed at the resident's usual or last known home or business address.

The notice must:

  • be addressed to the resident
  • give a specific reason or state that no reason is given
  • be signed by the owner
  • allow the correct amount of time to give the notice
  • give the date for the resident to leave.

The timeframes for serving a notice to vacate under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 differ, depending on the reason.

It is against the law to give a resident a notice to vacate because they were exercising their legal rights, or saying they would do so.

Notice periods

The table below lists the minimum notice period an owner must provide a resident, depending on the reason.

Note: from 4 January 2016, Australia Post has introduced three different speeds for mail delivery – express, priority and regular. Allow for mail delivery times which reflect the service you choose when sending a Notice to vacate a rental property.

If the notice is being delivered by mail to a country area, you should factor in an extra two days in addition to standard delivery times.

For more information about postal delivery options and times, visit the Changes to your letters service page on the Australia Post website.

To view tables which help calculate the total minimum days to allow, depending on the notice period required and the method of delivery, visit the Giving notices - Residential tenancies list page on the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal website.

Note: a caravan owner cannot issue a notice to vacate for certain reasons, and these are marked in the table.

Reasons an owner can issue a notice to vacate

Minimum notice required

The resident is intentionally or recklessly causing or allowing serious damage in the park, its facilities, or a hired caravan.


The resident is putting people or property in the park in danger (note: caravan owners are not allowed to give notice for this reason).


Serious disruption of peace and quiet to other park occupants and visitors (note: caravan owners are not allowed to give notice for this reason).


Seven days’ or more rent owing.

7 days

A caravan is being used for illegal purposes.

7 days

Breach of VCAT compliance order or compensation order.  7 days 

Resident has already been given two ‘Breach of Duty’ notices and the same breach occurs.

7 days

The caravan owner or a member of their immediate family (including parents and parents-in-law), or a dependent who normally lives with the caravan owner, will be moving in. This only applies where the agreement is for a fixed term1.

14 days

A caravan is to be sold or has been sold2.

60 days

The park is closing down or has been sold and the land is being used for another purpose (note: caravan owners are not allowed to give notice for this reason)2.

6 months

No specified reason.

120 days

1 Normally, unless the owner has permission from VCAT, they cannot re-let the caravan or site for six months after giving a resident this type of notice.

2 Where a caravan has been sold and the owner wishes to issue a ‘notice to vacate’, the notice must be within 14 days of entering into an unconditional contract, or within 14 days after the last condition of a conditional contract has been met.

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