RTA changes to take effect
The start date of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 (RTA) delayed due to COVID-19 will take effect from 29 March 2021.
CEHL has been preparing co-ops for the reforms since first announced and held online training last year outlining the impact of the changed laws on co-ops.
Watch the Changes to RTA – the impact on co-ops videos.
The mandatory changes include, but are not limited to:-
- All new tenancies from 29 March 2021 need to be compliant with new law – contact your Co-op Development Coordinator (CDC) for advice
- Landlords will be referred to as Rental Providers
- Tenants will be called Renters
- Rental Providers must carry out a property condition report at the start of a tenancy, provide copy of the report to the Renter. Photos of the property condition must be taken and kept on record
- New minimum property standards must be met
- All safety checks must be made and recorded eg: gas, electrical, smoke detector checks
- Mandatory disclosures to be made to Renters at start of tenancy
CEHL is providing further training in March and developing resources which will include
- New rental agreement and other required documents to enable co-ops to fulfill their obligations
Co-ops are encouraged to contact your CDC or the Property Support Team for advice.
Other relevant articles:
Consumer Affairs Victoria – Changes to renting laws
Preparing for Changes to the RTA