Selling mid-lease

How to sell a DHA leased property during the term of the lease

We understand that personal circumstances can change, and that you may want to sell the property during the term of the lease. You can sell the property at any time, however the property must be sold with the lease and property care contract in place.

To make it easier, we have a panel of real estate agents that are familiar with our property investment program, lease terms and property care contract. These agents will offer competitive commission rates and advertising fees.

Step 1. Appoint a real estate agent and notify DHA

  1. If you wish sell your DHA-leased property we recommend obtaining an appraisal from either a DHA panel agent or an agent of your choosing. In the first instance we recommend obtaining a desktop appraisal from the agent of your choice.

If you decide to proceed with the sale of your property, appoint an agent and email your intent to sell to lessormanagement@dha.gov.au

Step 2. Accessing your property information

Log into DHA Online Services to access your property information.

We recommend providing your agent a copy of the following:

  • Property photos
  • Floor plan
  • A copy of the lease and property care contract (applicable for Lease Edition 7)
  • Current rent details (available on your latest statement)

If you require assistance accessing your account please email lessormanagement@dha.gov.au

Step 3. Arranging access to the property

  1. Once you have notified DHA of your intent to sell, we will notify the occupant and provide you their contact details so your agent can arrange inspections directly.
  2. If your appointed agent experiences any issues with accessing the property please email lessormanagement@dha.gov.au

Step 3. The sales process

  1. If you have appointed a non-panel agent, please issue them a copy of the Sales agent instructions - Selling a property with a DHA Lease in place guide (PDF 490KB) for marketing the property. Please ensure this is forwarded to your agent prior to them marketing the property for sale.
  2. Provide your solicitor with our Solicitor and Conveyancer Instructions Guide (PDF 769KB). DHA will liaise with your solicitor to ensure they have the information necessary for a smooth settlement process. 
  3. Please ensure DHA is notified when the property is listed for sale, contracts exchange and settlement takes place. Notification should be emailed to midleasesales@dha.gov.au as soon as possible. This will assist in DHA issuing information required for a smooth sales process. If the property is withdrawn from the market or you intend on changing selling agents, please notify DHA via email to midleasesales@dha.gov.au as soon as possible so we can advise the Occupant and update our records.

Step 4. Inspections throughout the sale process

The Occupant must be given at least 48 hours’ notice before inspections are to take place. The Occupant (or their nominated representative) must be present at all inspections.

Our Occupants privacy and security is paramount. If the selling agent experiences difficulty contacting the Occupant during the inspection process, please contact lessormanagement@dha.gov.au as soon as possible so DHA can address any issues. If the selling agent has feedback on the presentation of the property, please contact lessormanangement@dha.gov.au

Step 5. The settlement process

The Solicitor and Conveyancer Instructions Guide (PDF 769KB) covers all settlement requirements.  If you require clarification about the process, please email midleasesales@dha.gov.au

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Rent may be subject to abatement under certain circumstances such as loss of enjoyment or amenity, or breach of lease terms. Rent is paid where the property is habitable. Should a property become uninhabitable during the term of the lease, or lessor breaches the lease terms, the rent may cease or abate and lease may be terminated by DHA. Guaranteed rent is subject to the terms of the lease. DHA does not take into account an investor’s objectives or financial needs. Investors should always seek appropriate independent advice before making any investment decisions with DHA.