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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!

VIC

Residential Tenancies Act 1997

http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/domino/web_notes/ldms/pubstatbook.nsf/edfb620cf7503d1aca256da4001b08af/c7f3c6d8118d4bcaca256e5b00213c3d/$file/97-109a.pdf

Tenants Union Victoria:

http://www.tuv.org.au/

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

https://www.vcat.vic.gov.au/adv/disputes/residential-tenancies

Consumer Affairs Victoria

https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing-and-accommodation/renting/types-of-rental-agreements

NSW

Residential Tenancies Act 2010

http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/act/2010/42

NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal

http://www.ncat.nsw.gov.au/Pages/cc/consumer_commercial.aspx

Tenants’ Union of NSW

http://www.tenantsunion.org.au/about-us

ACT

Residential Tenancies Act 1997:

http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/1997-84/current/pdf/1997-84.pdf

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: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/ci/fattach/get/46971/1435203615/redirect/1/filename/The%20renting%20book.pdf

Tenants Union ACT

http://www.tenantsact.org.au

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: http://www.asbestostaskforce.act.gov.au/.

QLD

Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008

https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/R/ResidTenRAA08.pdf

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal

http://www.qcat.qld.gov.au/matter-types/residential-tenancy-disputes

Tenants Queensland

http://tenantsqld.org.au/

WA

Residential Tenancies Act 1987:

https://www.slp.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/main_mrtitle_821_homepage.html

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

https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/rtacomparison.pdf

Consumer Protection:

http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/housing-and-accommodation

TenancyWA:

http://www.tenancywa.org.au/

Legal Aid Western Australia:

http://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/InformationAboutTheLaw/Homes/housing/Pages/ResidentialTenants.aspx

Magistrates Court of Western Australia:

http://www.magistratescourt.wa.gov.au/R/residential_tenancy_amended_regulations_2005_forms.aspx?uid=1471-5224-2977-6780

SA

Residential Tenancies Act 1995

https://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/LZ/C/A/RESIDENTIAL%20TENANCIES%20ACT%201995.aspx

SA.GOV.AU

http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/housing/renting-and-letting

NT

 Consumer Affairs Northern Territory

http://www.consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au/ForConsumers/ResidentialTenencies/Pages/default.aspx

TAS

Residential Tenancies Act 1997

http://www.thelaw.tas.gov.au/tocview/index.w3p;cond=;doc_id=82++1997+AT@EN+20050111130000;histon=;prompt=;rec=;term=

Magistrates Court of Tasmania

http://www.magistratescourt.tas.gov.au/divisions/civil/residential_tenancy/Tenants

Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading

http://www.consumer.tas.gov.au/renting/bond_disputes

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