It’s a big responsibility to be a private landlord. You are a private landlord if you have decided not to hire the services of a property manager. Instead, you are going to manage your rental property, whether it is a room or part of your family home, a granny flat in the backyard, an apartment or separate dwelling at a different location. Laws vary sometimes depending on the type of dwelling being rented. For example, there are different processes, forms and laws relating to caravan park tenants and rooming tenants. Always check with the relevant legislation and authorities in your state/territory.
Information for private landlords
As a private landlord or rental provider you need to know and understand rental laws to ensure you manage the residential tenancy according to the law. Processes implemented while managing rental properties must adhere to current legislation, Acts and Regulations. Use of the correct rental documents and forms is important to ensure adherence to legislation and that the lease is documented and record correctly. When things go wrong you will need this documentation and records as evidence for dealing with appropriate rental authorities.
As a private landlord (rental provider) you need to be aware of and implement appropriate processes to manage and document the tenancy. Implementing effective communication and organisation are essential.
The tenancy for a private rental property requires the same documentation as a managed rental property. Each state and territory produces a range of legal documents for managing tenancies.
In Australia, there are federal and state laws which govern and regulate the management of rental properties. As a private landlord, it is your responsibility to be aware of, and implement the laws according to the relevant ACT.