The laws governing the private rental market have been updated. The changes to the law clarify the rights and responsibilities of renters and rental providers – from before you sign a rental agreement until after the agreement ends – and apply to all types of tenancies, private rentals, caravan and residential parks, and rooming houses.
The law changes include a ban on rental bidding, new rental minimum standards, no eviction without a reason, allowable modifications by renters and urgent repairs.
Find out more about the new rental rules and get support:
- Consumer Affairs Victoria is the government department which regulates the private rental market. Their website has all the details on the 130 new rules: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/changes-to-renting-laws
- You can view our Young Renters' Rights Rundown webinar with VCOSS, YouthLaw and UMSU Legal here: https://vcoss.org.au/sector-hub/renters-rights-rundown/
- Tenants Victoria promotes and protects the rights of tenants in Victoria. They have summarised the changes on their website and provide support to individual renters: https://tenantsvic.org.au/advice/new-rental-laws/
- Youthlaw and WEstJustice can provide legal tenancy support to young renters: https://youthlaw.asn.au and https://www.westjustice.org.au