Renting Advice is the best place to start if you want to learn about your rights, responsibilities and options for resolving disputes. You’ll find Factsheets on common renting issues, Sample Letters to help you write to your landlord or property manager, as well as a searchable index of Frequently Asked Questions. If you are a tenant or occupant and you need further information or specific advice you can contact the ACT Tenants’ Advice Service.
Tenancy Law Changes
2017 – From 24 August 2017 there were some significant changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that have had an impact on many tenants. Changes related to:
– energy efficiency ratings – smoke alarms – posting clauses – break lease fees – final inspections and condition reports – bond return processes – abandonment and uncollected goods – ending a tenancy when there is violence. Our fact sheets and information have been updated to incorporate the changes. For an overview of them RTA Changes Overview
2018 – On 1 November 2018 the ACT Government tabled a Bill (the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018(No 2)) that introduced some significant changes to all tenancies in the ACT relating to pets, rent increases, tenants making modifications and break lease fees. We have not published details about this Bill because it has not been debated in the Legislative Assembly. It is expected to be debated in February. Once the Bill has passed we will provide details. If you wish to be kept updated about changes follow us on Facebook, for more detailed information, sign up to our quarterly newsletter
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