Changes were made to renting laws on 29 March. As parts of our website are not updated yet, see how the changes might affect you.

New rental laws
The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 is changing after 28 March 2021. Read about what the changes will mean to renters and how they might affect you before, during and after your tenancy.

This information is for renters of rental properties. It does not cover rooming houses, caravan or ‘part 4A’ parks and specialist disability accommodation.

See Victorian Government’s information on the new laws from the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

Before you rent

New laws for renters that come into effect after 28 March 2021 include a ban on rent bidding, and information you must be given to help you decide whether to apply for the property.

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While you rent

Among the changes in new laws that take effect after March 28, 2021 are that renters can make some modifications to their homes and fixing broken air conditioners and smoke detectors are treated as urgent repairs.

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End of the tenancy

Changes to the laws that take effect after 28 March, 2021 include that rental providers must now provide evidence for giving renters a notice to vacate in some circumstances and new arrangements for getting bonds back.

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Overdue rent

New rules apply after March 28, 2021 for renters who are overdue in paying their rent – in ‘rent arrears’.

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Minimum standards

Rental providers (landlords) now have a duty to rent out properties that meet basic minimum standards to renters who move into new properties after 28 March 2021.

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