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Victorian Property Law Changes and the Enhanced Protection of Tenants

June 19, 2020 by admin

The proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 (“the Proposed Regulations”) have been initiated as a response to the receipt of hundreds of submissions from the Victorian community following the Fairer Safer Housing consultation.

The Proposed Regulations will outline the changes made to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (VIC) (“the Act”) in response to community concerns.

In particular, the Proposed Regulations will affect the accountability of landlords, outlining what minimum rental standards will look like.  A landlord will be required to provide their tenant with ‘basic, yet critical requirements’ which include a vermin-proof rubbish bin, a functioning toilet, adequate hot and cold water connections, external windows that have functioning latches for security, a functioning cooktop, functioning heating within the property’s main living area and window coverings to ensure the privacy of tenants in any room likely to be used as a bedroom or main living area.

Landlords will also be responsible for contributing to a reduction in rental costs through energy efficiency standards. If a provided appliance requires replacement, such replacement shall be subject to a minimum energy rating. For example, when replacing a heater, a landlord must ensure it must have no less than a 2-star efficiency rating.

In summary, the Proposed Regulations will seek to protect tenants from unfair rental agreements and will shift more responsibility onto the homeowner.

The Proposed Regulations were to be introduced by 1 July 2020 however, as a result of COVID-19, they are currently set to be introduced by 1 January 2021.

Written by Stefanie Lucca


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