Late last year the Andrews Government passed the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). The new Act is the most comprehensive change to residential tenancies in 20 years.
The Government is working with REIV and other stakeholders to develop a range of Regulations that sit alongside the Act and make it workable and understandable. Changes to the RTA will be implemented over a period of time, expected to extend to July 2020.
The effective dates of the various changes are listed below in chronological order. We will continue to update this page as further changes are announced.
1 February 2019 – Long term tenancy agreements
The RTA now applies to fixed term tenancy agreement of any length. Previously the only fixed agreements covered by the RTA were those of 5 years or less. The changes which have now been incorporated in the RTA can be found in the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-term Tenancy Agreements) Act 2018.
3 April 2019 – Regulations replace 2008 regulations
The Residential Tenancies Regulations 2008 were replaced by the 2019 version.
3 April 2019 – Prescribed agreement for long term leases
The prescribe agreement for fixed-term tenancies of more than 5 years became available. It can be found as Form 2 in Schedule 1 of the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2019.
3 April 2019 – Suppression of rooming house address
Rooming house proprietor may apply to the Director CAV to restrict public access to information about the address of the rooming house. See Section 142KA of the Residential Tenancies Act.
19 June 2019 – Rent increases no more frequently than 12 monthly
In new tenancy, agreements increases can be no more frequently than 12-monthly, rather than six-monthly.
Six monthly increases will only be allowed for:
- existing fixed term tenancy agreements of less than five years, and
- existing periodic tenancy agreements
entered into before 19 June 2019.
Use the updated notice of rent increase available on the CAV site from that date.
19 June 2019 – Renting guide can be provided electronically
The prescribed renting guide – Renting a home: a guide for tenants can be provided electronically to tenants who have consented to receive information in this way.
1 July 2019 – Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) comes under the Residential Tenancies Act
Specialist disability accommodation is funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
To receive funding to live in SDA, residents must have either:
- extreme functional impairment that requires an SDA response, or
- very high support needs and an SDA response is appropriate.
SDA providers have six months in which to get appropriate agreements in place. They must make sure their accommodation meets NDIS requirements and is enrolled with NDIS.
This article originally appeared in www.reiv.com.au. To read the full article please click here.