IMPORTANT changes to rental laws during emergency period (COVID-19)
New laws have commenced which affect tenants, property owners and agents. Read about the COVID-19 Disease (Emergency Provisions) Act 2020 and the changes to:
The tenant is responsible for keeping and leaving the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness, ensuring that the property is in a similar condition to that which existed when the tenancy started, except for Reasonable wear and tear .
If the tenant caused the need for repairs, they must pay the costs of the repairs.
When to notify the owner
If repairs are needed, the tenant must notify the owner within 7 days. This should be in writing, and the tenant should keep a copy of the letter/email/text.
Tenants must regularly test all smoke alarms and keep them clean so that they work properly.
Tenant advocacy and support
There are independent advocacy support services available which protect the rights of people with disability. CBOS also helps clients who require extra support managing their MyBond account. Read more information on tenant advocacy and support using MyBond.