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Residential Tenancies Act 2010 No 42
Current version for 7 July 2017 to date (accessed 21 August 2017 at 09:11)
Part 5 Division 3 Section 104
104   Hardship to tenant—fixed term agreements
(1)  The Tribunal may, on application by a tenant, make a termination order for a fixed term agreement if it is satisfied that the tenant would, in the special circumstances of the case, suffer undue hardship if the residential tenancy agreement were not terminated.
(2)  The Tribunal may, if it thinks fit, also order the tenant to pay compensation to the landlord for the landlord’s loss of the tenancy. The amount of compensation must not exceed the amount specified as the applicable break fee for the tenancy under section 107.
(3)  The landlord must take all reasonable steps to mitigate the loss and is not entitled to compensation for any loss that could have been reasonably avoided by the landlord.
(4)  A tenant may make an application under this section without giving the landlord a termination notice.
(5)  The Tribunal may make a termination order under this section that takes effect before the end of the fixed term if the residential tenancy agreement is a fixed term agreement.