New rental laws

The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 changed from 29 March 2021. Read about what the changes mean for renters and how they might affect you before, during and after your tenancy.
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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 in effect from 29 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 in effect from 29 March 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 in effect from 29 March 2021 include that rental providers must now provide evidence for giving renters a notice to vacate in some circumstances and there are new arrangements for getting bonds back.

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Overdue rent

New rules apply from 29 March 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 from 29 March 2021.

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