Tenancy Law Changes
From 24 August 2017 there are some significant changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that will have an impact on many tenants. Changes relate 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
Tenancy Law Changes
This is a 4 page overview of general information you need to know at a minimum. The fact sheets below provide details about specific issues and questions throughout your tenancy.
This general fact sheet is available in a number of languages:
Beginning of a Tenancy:
- Finding Somewhere to Live (what type of property are you looking for, where to look, share accommodation, planning for costs)
- Standard Lease Agreements in the ACT (blank copy of a standard tenancy agreement in the ACT)
- Share Housing Booklet (information specific to share accommodation arrangements in the ACT)
- Blank Condition Report (if your agent or lessor does not provide a condition report at the beginning of your tenancy, you can use this blank document)
- Tenancy Checklist (handy hints of things to consider when viewing potential rental properties)
During a Tenancy:
- Access and Privacy (inspections, access for repairs, your right to privacy, changing the locks)
- Bond (condition reports, final inspections, fair wear and tear, carpet cleaning, transfers in share houses)
- Making a complaint about your real estate agent (agents’ code of conduct, complaints, fair trading)
- Rent Arrears (falling behind in the rent, payment plans, notice to remedy, notice to vacate, tribunal orders)
- Rent Increases and Reductions (notice and timing, rent reductions for repair issues or access breaches)
- Rent Increases: Is my increase excessive? (rent increase formula, calculator, other relevant factors)
- Repairs (moving in, urgent and non-urgent repairs, notice to remedy, rent reductions and compensation)
- Sale of Premises (notification, can the tenancy be ended, access for purchasers)
- Mould (what it is, how to prevent it, repairs)
End of a Tenancy:
- Ending a Tenancy and Breaking a Lease (giving notice, ways to end the tenancy, compensation)
- Moving Out (tips and important things to know)
- Eviction in the ACT (reasons for eviction, notice periods, invalid notices, Tribunal orders)
- Defending an Eviction (going to the Tribunal, types of defence, 21 day extensions, Tribunal orders)
Going to the Tribunal (ACAT):
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