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Tenant obligations when renting

IMPORTANT changes to rental laws during COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency period

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:

  • Delaying evictions
  • Breaking leases due to severe hardship
  • Reducing rent
  • Repairs, maintenance and property inspections
  • COVID-19 residential tenancy emergency provisions

    The tenant is responsible for keeping and leaving the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness, ensuring the property is in a similar condition to what is was in 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 seven days. This should be in writing, and the tenant should keep a copy of the letter/email/text.

    Smoke alarms

    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.

    Updated: 02 Jul 2020