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Rental laws

It is your responsibility as a private landlord to be aware of and implement the rental laws relevant in the state/territory where your rental property is located.

Find residential tenancy laws for the states/territories of Australia

Rental laws in Australian Capital Territory

General information relating to application of laws relevant to renting homes in Australian Capital Territory

Tenancy fact sheets

Information relating to renting in ACT, while the information is designed for tenants and produced by the Tenants Union ACT Inc, as a landlord you will find it useful with links to standard documents.

Energy efficiency ratings

If the rental property has an energy efficiency rating then a copy must be provided to the tenants at the signing of the lease agreement or a statement must be provided saying that the property does not have an energy efficiency rating. The ACT Renting Book outlines this requirement.

Rental laws in New South Wales

General information relating to application of laws relevant to renting homes in New South Wales

Managing a property

A reminder of key factors self-managing landlords should be aware of when managing a rental property in NSW.

Fair Trading NSW

Swimming pools or spas

Requirements for a valid certificate of compliance or occupation certificate for rental properties with a swimming pool or spa.

Fair Trading NSW

New residential tenancy laws

Changes to be implemented in renting legislation.

Fair Trading NSW

Using a tenancy database

Fair Trading NSW

Breaking a lease

Changes to be implemented in renting legislation.

Fair Trading NSW

Notice before entry

Notice required to enter premises in NSW. Tenants have the right to privacy when renting and therefore the appropriate notice must be given to tenants prior to entering the rental premises.

Fair Trading NSW

How to serve a notice to tenants

As a private landlord, you must serve notices correctly and in the correct amount of calendar days (not working days) for the notice to be lawful.

Fair Trading NSW

Rental laws in Northern Territory

Residential Tenancies Act 1999

Northern Territory Government, Northern Territory Legislation, https://legislation.nt.gov.au

Residential Tenancies Regulations 2000

Northern Territory Government, Northern Territory Legislation, https://legislation.nt.gov.au

Swimming Pool Safety Act 2004

Northern Territory Government, Northern Territory Legislation, https://legislation.nt.gov.au

General information relating to application of laws relevant to renting homes in Northern Territory

Owning a rental property

Northern Territory Government, https://nt.gov.au

Pools or spas at rental properties

Northern Territory Government, https://nt.gov.au

Rental laws in Queensland

Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008

Queensland Government – Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel

Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulation 2009

Queensland Government – Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel

Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, Division 5a, Smoke alarms for domestic dwellings

Queensland Government – Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel

Electrical Safety Act 2002

Queensland Government – Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel

General information relating to application of laws relevant to rental residential homes in Queensland

Information for property managers and owners

Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA)

Managing general tenancies in Queensland

Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA)

Landlord rights and responsibilities

Queensland Government

Legal and dispute support

Queensland Government

Dispute resolution

Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA)

Residential tenancy disputes

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)

Rental laws in South Australia

Residential Tenancies Act 1995

Government of South Australia – South Australian Legislation, www.legislation.sa.gov.au

Residential Tenancies Regulations 2010

Government of South Australia – South Australian Legislation, www.legislation.sa.gov.au

General information relating to application of laws relevant to renting homes in South Australia

Rental laws in Tasmania

Residential Tenancy Act 1997

Tasmanian Government, Tasmanian Legislation, https://www.legislation.tas.gov.au

Residential Tenancy Regulations 2015

Tasmanian Government, Tasmanian Legislation, https://www.legislation.tas.gov.au

General information relating to application of laws relevant to renting homes in Tasmania

Renting

Includes links to:

  • beginning a tenacy/lease
  • bonds
  • during a tenancy/lease
  • rental maintenance repairs and changes
  • ending a tenancy/lease.

Consumer, Building and Occupational Serviceshttps://www.cbos.tas.gov.au

A guide to the Residential Tenancy Commissioner

Summary of rental laws and how they apply to tenants, property owners’ (including agents). The Residential Tenancy Commissioner’s role and rules followed to determine disputes involving bonds, rent increases, repairs, smoke alarms, and more.

Consumer, Building and Occupational Services, Department of Justice, available from https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au

Rental laws in Victoria

Residential Tenancies Act 1997

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents, http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/

Residential Tenancies Regulations 2019

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents, https://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents, http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/

General information relating to application of laws relevant to renting homes in Victoria

Housing – renting

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Using a property manager

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Family violence in a tenancy – information for tenants and landlords

General information and links to a range of fact sheets.

Consumer Affairs Victoria, https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au

Resolving rental disputes

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Rental laws in Western Australia

General information relating to application of laws relevant to renting homes in Western Australia

Family and domestic violence and tenancy laws

New tenancy reforms started in April 2019 addressing options for tenants who are experiencing family and domestic violence.

Government of Western Australia, https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/

Renting a home

Links to information relating to renting a home including: safe tenancy, types of rental accommodation, beginning a tenancy, notices and condition reports, bonds, rent and other payments, security, safety, maintenance and entry rights, when a tenancy ends, property management, renting tools, and having problems with renting a home.

Government of Western Australia, https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/

Home safety and rental properties

As a landlord you have a duty of care to your tenants and visitors to your rental property. The Government of Western Australia, outlines your responsibilities to assist you to ensure your rental home is safe to live in.

Government of Western Australia, https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/

Rental property disputes – having problems with renting a home

Links to information relating to rental disputes including going to court.

Government of Western Australia, https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/

Smoke alarms and residual current devices (RCDs)

As a landlord it is your responsibility to ensure your rental property is safe and this includes the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms and RCDs.

Government of Western Australia, https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/

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