my tenant gave me 8 weeks notice that they intended to break the lease early because they purchased their own home. This was great for me because they signed the break lease fee into the contract, so they have to pay me 4 weeks rent which is almost $4k. I also re-listed the property on the market at $210 more a week, and then got a new tenant to move in 2 days after they left. The new tenant is paying $60 a week more than the old tenant, so this is good news for me because I get the break lease fee of almost $4k and I get more rent each week. From the beginning the tenant asked me to negotiate their break lease fee because they can't afford to pay it, but they signed the lease so my understanding is I have no legal obligation to reduce it for them, it's just a bonus for me. They did also offer to pay all my out of pocket expenses but this would only be about $1k so I said no. They have not paid the break lease fee and since they claimed the bond I've had to put in a counter claim to get the break lease fee off them. But they are still trying to negotiate because they say they can't afford it, and so it has to go to NCAT for a hearing. I just want to confirm they won't rule against me as I have chosen to pay the Real Estate Agent to go to the tribunal for me, so it's costing me to go to the tribunal to get my money. But as far as I know the tenant has no legal point to stand on because the lease included the break lease fee?