Changes to residential tenancy law
The Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations were amended on 1 July 2013. An FAQ was developed to help you in understanding how the updated laws apply to your tenancy.
How the laws apply to an individual tenancy depends on when the tenancy agreement started. The updated laws do not affect fixed tenancy agreements started before 1 July 2013 and have not ended. If your fixed term agreement started after 1 July 2013 or was rolled over into a periodic agreement then it is a new agreement and the updated laws apply.
The updated laws include:
- Prescribed forms and notices which must be used such as the residential tenancy agreement (Form 1AA).
- Information for tenants (Form 1AC if a written residential tenancy agreement or Form 1AD for non written agreement) to be given to each tenant.
- A property condition report at the commencement and end of the tenancy
- Tenants can not be charged adminstration fees for rent collection
- Tenants must not be charged more than two weeks rent in advance
- Bonds, including pet bonds, must be lodged with the Bond Administrator
- Rent management (increases, receipts, missed payments, bills, etc)
- Minimum levels of security
- Inspection frequency
Need more help?
The FAQ provides further information on how the changes are applied to agreements made prior to 1 July 2013.
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