New rules now apply for when tenants are liable for property damage, requirements for insurance statements, and more.
When: From 27 August 2019.
What: Updates to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act.
Changes include the following:
Tenancy Services has more information about the law changes, including a brochure that outlines the updates.
Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 now in force (external link) — Tenancy Services
Who: Rental property owners, landlords, managers and tenants.
Why: The Act was created to address the following issues:
What you need to do:
You must provide a statement in any new tenancy agreement informing your tenants about whether the property is insured. You must also state that a copy of each insurance policy that relates to the tenant’s liability for property damage is available on request. This ensures tenants are aware of anything the policy doesn’t cover or anything they might do that would make that policy invalid.
Required statements for tenancy agreements (external link) — Tenancy Services
Make sure your tenants are living in properties that meet the minimum requirements for renting.
Maintenance and inspections (external link) — Tenancy Service
These updates are in addition to the healthy homes standards. These new minimum standards for rental properties will improve heating, insulation, ventilation and drainage, stop draughts and reduce moisture entering the premise from outside.
About the healthy homes standards (external link) — Tenancy Services