Property 101: Landlords warned on changes to postal delivery times for rental notices

Property 101: Landlords warned on changes to postal delivery times for rental notices
Property 101: Landlords warned on changes to postal delivery times for rental notices

Australia Post has warned recent changes to domestic postage delivery times may interrupt normal mail delivery speeds, possibly affecting the time it takes for residential tenancy notices to be delivered.

Australia Post introducing three different mail delivery speeds on January 4 - express, priority and regular, and warned documents such as notices to vacate, according to the Residential Tenancies Act, must be sent through registered post or be delivered by hand.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has warned landlords and managing agents in other states must check how changes will impact notification requirements.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal produced a comprehensive table (below) to help calculate the minimum days to allow for postage.

Total minimum days to calculate earliest termination date

Residential tenancies

By regular registered post

Minimum notice period

Posted Sunday or Monday

Posted Tuesday to Friday

Posted Saturday

None

5

7

6

14 days

20

22

21

28 days

34

36

35

30 days

36

38

37

60 days

66

68

67

90 days

96

98

97

120 days

126

128

127

 

By priority registered post

Minimum notice period

Posted Sunday to Wednesday

Posted Thursday or Friday

Posted Saturday

None

3

5

4

14 days

18

20

19

28 days

32

34

33

30 days

34

36

35

60 days

64

66

65

90 days

94

96

95

120 days

124

126

125

 

Given by hand

Minimum notice period

Given on any day

None

-

14 days

16

28 days

30

30 days

32

60 days

62

90 days

92

120 days

122

Rooming houses

By regular registered post

Minimum notice period

Posted Sunday or Monday

Posted Tuesday to Friday

Posted Saturday

None

5

7

6

2 days

8

10

9

28 days

34

36

35

30 days

36

38

37

60 days

66

68

67

90 days

96

98

97

120 days

126

128

127

By priority registered post

Minimum notice period

Posted Sunday or Monday

Posted Tuesday or Wednesday

Posted Thursday or Friday

Posted Saturday

None

5

7

7

6

2 days

6

6

8

7

28 days

32

32

34

33

30 days

34

34

36

35

60 days

64

64

66

65

90 days

94

94

96

95

120 days

124

124

126

125

Given by hand

Minimum notice period

Given on any day

None

-

2 days

4

28 days

30

30 days

32

60 days

62

90 days

92

120 days

122

Caravan parks

By regular registered post

Minimum notice period

Posted Sunday or Monday

Posted Tuesday to Friday

Posted Saturday

None

5

7

6

7 days

13

15

14

14 days

20

22

21

28 days

34

36

35

30 days

36

38

37

60 days

66

68

67

90 days

96

98

97

120 days

126

128

127

6 months

6 months + 6

6 months + 8

6 months + 7

Note: The six month period is calculated simply as six months + the required postal period and first available termination date.

By priority registered post

Minimum notice period

Posted Sunday or Monday

Posted Tuesday or Wednesday

Posted Thursday or Friday

Posted Saturday

None

3

3

5

4

7 days

13

15

15

14

14 days

18

18

20

19

28 days

32

32

34

33

30 days

34

34

36

35

60 days

64

64

66

65

90 days

94

94

96

95

120 days

124

124

126

125

6 months

6 months + 4

6 months + 4

6 months + 6

6 months + 5

Given by hand

Minimum notice period

Given on any day

None

-

7 days

9

14 days

16

28 days

30

30 days

32

60 days

62

90 days

92

120 days

122

6 months

6 months + 2

For more about delivery options and times, visit the Australia Post website.

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