Before you sign a lease
Before you sign a lease, legally called the rental agreement, the rental provider (landlord) must tell you certain information about the property to help you make an informed decision about renting it.
For mould and damp, this includes telling you if:
- The rental provider has received a repair notice for mould or damp related to the building structure within the last 3 years
- The property meets minimum ventilation standards (see the heading Minimum Standards on this page) [section 30D, regulation 16]
Note that on this page sections in brackets, such as [section 30D], refer to sections in Victoria’s Residential Tenancies Act 1997 or regulations in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021. There are links to these sections and regulations in the Resources section below.
Non-disclosure is an offence
It is an offence for a rental provider to not disclose such information before you sign a rental agreement [section 30D]. You can report offences to Consumer Affairs Victoria, which can issue an infringement notice on the rental provider or agent if they have failed to follow the law.
For more detail on what you need to be told before entering into a rental agreement, see our page Before you sign.