Move out of a caravan park

You must move out of a caravan park when your occupancy agreement ends. 

If you don't want to live in the caravan park anymore, you can end your own occupancy agreement. 

Your caravan park operator or the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal can also end your occupancy agreement in certain circumstances.

End your occupancy

You can terminate a periodic occupancy if you give at least 14 days notice. You do not need to provide an explanation.

You can end a fixed term occupancy on the termination date if you notify the operator at least 14 days before the termination date. You do not need to provide an explanation.

You can terminate any type of occupancy if the premises are uninhabitable. You must give two days written notice to the operator.

A premise is considered uninhabitable if:

  • you have not been able to access the premises for three days because of flooding
  • living on the premises is a health or safety threat.

How to give notice

You must give written notice. 

You can deliver your notice either:

  • in person
  • by mail to your operator's last known business, residence or postal address. 

Termination by an operator

An operator or court can terminate your occupancy agreement by written notice either in person or by mail. There are several reasons why this may happen.

Drug premises

Your operator can end your occupancy agreement with 14 days notice if your caravan or caravan site is declared to be a drug premises. 

End of periodic or fixed occupancy

Your operator can end your occupancy without explanation if they provide:

  • at least 42 days notice for a periodic occupancy - three months for long term residents
  • at least 21 days notice before a fixed term occupancy is due to end - 42 days for long term residents.

Failing to pay rent

If you are more than 14 days late in rent payments your operator can apply to the tribunal to end your occupancy agreement. 

Failing to fix a breach after receiving notice

If you or your operator do not fix a breach after receiving notice, you can apply to the tribunal to end the occupancy agreement. You or your operator must apply within 14 days after the breach was due to be fixed.

Serious misconduct

Your operator can terminate your occupancy agreement immediately if you or a guest cause or permit, or are likely to cause or permit:

  • serious property damage
  • injury to people in or near the caravan park
  • serious interference with others' peace, comfort and privacy.

Your operator can also apply to the tribunal for an order to end your occupancy if your conduct is not acceptable.

Serious occupancy agreement breach

Your operator can apply to the tribunal to end your occupancy agreement if you breach its conditions. 

Uninhabitable premises

Your operator can end your occupancy agreement if the premises are uninhabitable. They must give one day notice. A premise is considered uninhabitable if:

  • you have not been able to access the premises for three days because of flooding
  • living on the premises is a health or safety threat
  • the premises become uninhabitable.

More information

To find out more about ending an occupancy agreement in the Northern Territory contact NT Consumer Affairs:

consumer@nt.gov.au
Phone: 1800 019 310

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Last updated: 27 June 2017