Changes To The Residential Tenancy Act (RTA)

Changes To The Residential Tenancy Act (RTA)

By Lisa Fletcher | 01-02-21

Changes to the Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 have been delayed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), with the amendments to be introduced by 29th March 2021 rather than January 1 2021.

The proposed reforms, which were introduced into Parliament on 7 August 2018 include more than 130 reforms.

The changes were made in response to extensive community feedback during the Victorian Government’s Fairer Safer Housing consultation to review the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. There have been many changes since it was introduced, both in the rental market itself, and in the characteristics, needs and expectations of tenants and landlords.

The reforms were designed to ensure those who provide rental housing can still effectively manage their properties, while increasing protections for renters. The reforms are framed around the reality that a growing proportion of Victorians are priced out of home ownership and likely to, rent for longer periods of time.

While some of the changes have already been implemented, Consumer Affairs Victoria announced that all amendments will be implemented by 29 March 2021.

There are 132 reforms in total of which include:

-Starting a tenancy

-Living in a rental property

-Leaving a rental property

-Repairs, modifications and property conditions

-Reforms unique to rooming houses

-Reforms unique to caravan parks and residential parks

-Family violence and personal violence

-Long-term leases


If you would like to learn more about these upcoming changes, our experienced property management team are here to help. You can contact us anytime on 9707 5300 or 5942 1207.

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