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What new rules will mean for tenants across Australia

7Mo ago 0 Replies 181 Views
Minimum standards clarifying what makes a home habitable are among regulations unveiled across Australia in recent years, as governments say they want to make life better for the growing number who rent (31 per cent at the last census).

NSW, Victoria and the ACT have all recently legislated changes, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are in the process of reviewing their regulations, and South Australia and Tasmania made changes several years ago.

Limiting the frequency of rent increases, making it easier for tenants to get repairs and allowing pets by default are among changes governments have pushed, alongside caps on bonds, set fees for breaking a lease and allowing tenants to make minor modifications to a property without consent – so they can nail a picture hook into a wall or install extra security measures.

New minimum standards also guarantee tenants (wait for it) a structurally sound property, adequate lighting and ventilation and plumbing and drainage.

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