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November 17, 2018

New Rental Laws for Victorians

How changes to the Residential Tenancies Act will affect you 

On September 7, 2018 The Victorian Parliament passed the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 which includes more than 130 reforms providing increased protections for renters, while ensuring rental housing providers can still effectively manage their properties. Unless proclaimed earlier, these new rental laws will come into effect on 1 July 2020.

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At Kurv Leasing, we understand that these reforms are important to you and we have insured that our Property Managers are well aware and trained for these new laws. To assist you in understanding these new laws and how it will affect you, we have summarized the most important changes and listed them below.

 The terminology for residential tenancies will be updated as follows:

  • Tenants will be referred to as renters
  • Landlords will be referred to as residential rental providers (RRPs)
  • Rooming house owners will be referred to as rooming house operators

When the new laws come into effect, renters will be able to: 

  • have a pet with the written consent of their residential rental provider. Consent can only be reasonably refused through a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) order
  • make certain modifications without first obtaining the residential rental provider’s consent, such as installing picture hooks, and furniture anchors to stop televisions and other heavy items falling on children.

 Other key changes will: 

  • require every rental home to meet basic minimum standards, to be set out in regulations, such as providing functioning stoves, heating and toilets
  • require residential rental providers to undertake mandatory safety maintenance for gas, electricity, smoke alarms and pool fences
  • Implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence that relate to rental housing. These include:
  • allowing victims to end a lease in family violence situations without first needing a final intervention order, and
  • ensuring victims are not held unfairly liable for debts created by perpetrators of the violence  
  • allow caravan and residential park residents to seek compensation if their park closes
  • clarify rights of entry and photography when a landlord needs to sell a rental property, and
  • streamline the rules dealing with goods left behind at the end of a tenancy. 

Work will continue next year on complementary reforms to provide easily accessible and informal dispute resolution through VCAT.

For a more comprehensive list of the key reforms, download the document here

If you would like further information regarding these laws or how it will affect your current rental agreement, click on the link below and a Property Management Specialist will be in touch.

 

Written by Heather Christodoulou for Kurv Leasing Pty Ltd, Oct 2018

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