New rental laws
New rental laws came into effect from 29 March, 2021.
These laws include substantial changes to support and protect people experiencing family and personal violence.
- Better processes when a family violence survivor wants to stay or leave
- The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) must hear all applications to remove family violence perpetrators or allow survivors to leave the rented premises within 3 days of the application
- VCAT can make orders about collection of goods left behind
- Certain notice to vacate orders can be challenged if the family violence caused the notice to be given
- Provisions around changing locks and keys are clearer
- You can make certain modifications to the premises without consent, including installation of security lights, alarm systems, and CCTV systems that are not hardwired. The law further provides that the rental provider cannot unreasonably withhold consent to other modifications, such as hardwired security lights, alarm systems and other safety devices, that will increase safety and security
- Protections against being listed on a tenancy database or having a listing removed if it was the result of family violence
- The ability to request ‘open for inspections’ by appointment, and to object to photography and advertising material in certain circumstances
- The ability to apportion damage and rental arrears in certain circumstances