Feb 2021

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
- Checklists
- 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