Residential Tenancies Act News

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RTA in Focus: Landlord Information Statement

(7/04/2020)
All landlords are now required to acknowledge that they’ve read and understood the Landlord Information Statement before entering into a residential tenancy agreement.

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RTA in Focus: Condition Reports

(6/04/2020)
In days gone by, condition reports were completed in hard copy, carbonised form. Time has moved on and today most property managers complete condition reports for ingoing, periodic and outgoing inspections via a handheld device as they’re inspecting

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RTA in Focus: Smoke Alarms

(1/04/2020)
Smoke alarms are critical, life-saving devices that provide an early warning of the presence of smoke and fire. This is why they’re compulsory in all residential properties, including rental premises.

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RTA in Focus: Water usage charges

(25/03/2020)
Water. It’s a precious commodity. And it can be expensive – which explains why landlords are keen to pass usage charges on to their tenants whenever possible. But, in the past, charging tenants for water usage has been anything but simple.

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RTA in Focus: Rent Increases

(23/03/2020)
Landlords can now only increase the rent once in any 12-month period in the case of periodic agreements.

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RTA in Focus: Disclosure obligations for strata properties

(20/03/2020)
New disclosures must be made to tenants, prior to entering into a residential tenancy agreement, where the property they are renting is in a strata scheme.

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RTA in Focus: Minor Changes

(19/03/2020)
Tenants will be able to make certain listed prescribed minor changes to the premises and the landlord is not able to unreasonably withhold consent.

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RTA in Focus: Publication of Photos and Videos

(17/03/2020)
There’s no doubt that up-to-date photos or a video highlighting a property’s features can be the difference between a successful marketing campaign or one that falls flat. But what if there are tenants in the property when it comes up for sale or re-

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RTA in Focus: Fit For Habitation

(13/03/2020)
All residential rental properties will be required to meet new prescribed minimum standards to ensure they are fit for habitation.

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RTA in Focus: Break Fee

(11/03/2020)
A break fee, calculated on a prescribed cascading scale, will now be a mandatory term of all fixed term agreements of less than three years.

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