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.

Starting your tenancy

Moving into a new home can be exciting but there are lots of things to do. Make sure you have everything you need to start your tenancy smoothly.

Starting your tenancy

We want your transition into a new home to be as smooth as possible so here’s what you need to know when you start renting a home.

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Applying for a rental

Find out everything you need to know about applying for a private rental, from inspecting a potential new home to signing a rental agreement.

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Rental agreements (leases)

Condition reports are a record of the condition of the property when you start your rental agreement and when you end it. You must be given a condition report before you move in – be sure to inspect the property and add your own comments. A thorough condition report can help you defend any claims for cleaning or damage that existed before you moved in.

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Before you sign

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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Condition reports

Condition reports are a record of the condition of the property when you start your rental agreement and when you end it. You must be given a condition report before you move in – be sure to inspect the property and add your own comments. A thorough condition report can help you defend any claims for cleaning or damage that existed before you moved in.

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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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Rental provider databases

Consumer Affairs Victoria keeps a database, or register, that renters can search to see if a rental provider (landlord) has had any orders made against them for breaching their duties, or if they have been convicted of an offence under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

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Lease transfers and subletting

Do you want to swap tenants or move someone else in? Check your rights on lease transfers and sublets.

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