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
RTA Changes 1 November 2019 – 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. The Bill was debated and passed on 21 February 2019 and due to commence in March 2020.
Recently the ACT Government brought forward commencement of the changes to Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019. We are updating all of our information in line with these changes. In the meantime, the ACT Government has developed some fact sheets regarding the changes, they can bee accessed here
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