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
From 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.
On 3 October the ACT Government brought forward commencement of the changes to 1 November. 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 be accessed here
The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) has updated information in relation to these changes and new applications that can be made to the Tribunal, we have an overview here.
2017 Changes – From 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. For an overview of them RTA Changes Overview
Tenants’ Union ACT publishes this website as a free service to the public. Please note that the information on this site is only relevant to renters in the ACT.
This website provides information about the law designed to help users understand their legal rights and obligations. However legal information is not the same as legal advice (the application of law to an individual's specific circumstances). Although we make all efforts to ensure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult the Tenants Advice Service for advice specific to your circumstances. You are also free to consult an independent solicitor for a second opinion.
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