Making residential tenancy laws fairer

Making residential tenancy laws fairer

Thursday, 25 August 2016

We have recently made a further submission to the Victorian government’s Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 in an effort to push for changes that will help make tenancy laws fairer and provide safer housing for Victorians. 

Since the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 was introduced, the rental market has changed.

More Victorians are renting for longer, the renting population has become more diverse, and the numbers of property managers and landlords have increased. Access to safe, secure and affordable housing can be central to individual and family wellbeing.

Our most recent submission focuses on rental housing conditions and the need to introduce minimum standards.

Others we have submitted to the review explore issues and potential improvements in the areas of dispute resolution, rents, bonds and other charges, the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, and security of tenure. 

Issues with tenancy consistently rate in the top five matters we help people with through our Civil Justice Program. In 2015–16 we provided over 5,000 grants, advice, duty lawyer services and phone services in response to tenancy issues.

Read our submissions 

Read our residential tenancy act submissions.

About the review  

The government is reviewing Victoria's rental laws with the aim of achieving a rental market that is dynamic and versatile, provides tenants with safe and secure housing options, and meets the current and future needs and expectations of tenants and landlords. Read more about the review.  

How we can help

Find out how you can get help with housing and tenancy.

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