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Renting: Useful Resources

happybirthdaydearestWhen I was investigating the possibility of renting, I was frustrated that there was not one place that had all the information I needed. So, to help prospective renters, I have compiled a list of government and accredited resources. These are resources I have used and found the information valid, up to date and detailed. These resources are organised by Australian state/territory as I have noticed the requirements of renting differs from state to state, as do your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Remember: when deciding to rent, you must do your homework!

After all, you are going to have to ‘live’ with this decision!


Residential Tenancies Act 1997$file/97-109a.pdf

Tenants Union Victoria:

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Consumer Affairs Victoria


Residential Tenancies Act 2010

NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Tenants’ Union of NSW


Residential Tenancies Act 1997:

ACT ‘Renting Book’

Before any tenancy agreement, this booklet must be made available to you. This gives you a great guide on your rights and responsibilities as an ACT tenant:

Tenants Union ACT

A Note about Asbestos:

Asbestos: recently there have been some issues surrounding asbestos in the ACT. Homes were insulated with loose fill asbestos (Mr Fluffy) and this poses a health hazard. There is an ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce set up and is dealing with homes affected.

As a possible tenant, being prepared is key! When inspecting a property know what questions to ask, such as: was the property built before 1985? (if yes, it probably contains asbestos).

If an asbestos assessment report has been completed for the property, you can ask to be provided with a copy. Your landlord is required to provide this to you by law if you request it. (Residential Tenancies Act 1997).

Remember: as a tenant you are restricted from making changes to the property, and should always consult with your landlord before cutting into any walls, ceilings or floors.

To find out more information about the Mr Fluffy issue and to see a list of affected properties visit:


Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Tenants Queensland


Residential Tenancies Act 1987:

As of 01/07/2013 there were some changes made to the act, find details here:

Consumer Protection:


Legal Aid Western Australia:

Magistrates Court of Western Australia:


Residential Tenancies Act 1995



 Consumer Affairs Northern Territory


Residential Tenancies Act 1997;cond=;doc_id=82++1997+AT@EN+20050111130000;histon=;prompt=;rec=;term=

Magistrates Court of Tasmania

Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading

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