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Lessor's defective notice if tenant vacates

    (1)     If—

        (a)     a lessor purports to serve a termination notice on a person;

        (b)     the notice is not—

              (i)     in the form approved under section 133 (Approved forms—Minister) for a termination notice; or

              (ii)     served as prescribed by regulation; and

        (c)     the person vacates the premises in accordance with the notice;

the residential tenancy agreement terminates on the day the person vacates the premises.

    (2)     A former tenant who vacated premises in accordance with a termination notice that was not in the form approved under section 133 (Approved forms—Minister) for a termination notice may apply to the ACAT for the following orders:

        (a)     an order for compensation for wrongful eviction;

        (b)     an order for reinstatement as tenant in possession of the premises.

    (3)     The ACAT must not make an order mentioned in subsection (2) (b) unless—

        (a)     the premises are vacant and have not been leased; and

        (b)     the ACAT considers it appropriate to do so.

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