Residential Tenancies Act

Review of the Residential Tenancies Act

Our current rental laws are 20 years old and the needs of renters and landlords have changed dramatically. As a part of its plan for fairer, safer housing, the Victorian Government undertook a comprehensive review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to ensure that it meets the needs of the current and future rental market.

From mid-2015 to early 2017, the review examined issues including security of tenure, dispute resolution and the regulation of property conditions.

The central theme of security of tenure, which provided the impetus for the review, informed a range of reform proposals. These included a requirement that landlords have clear reasons for ending tenancies, protections against termination when tenants seek to enforce their rights, and more flexibility for tenants to end a tenancy early when they receive a notice to vacate. The review also canvassed options for requiring landlords who intend to sell their property to disclose this before entering into a tenancy agreement.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 was passed in September 2018 and included more than 130 reforms that aim to increase protections for renters, while ensuring rental housing providers can still effectively manage their properties.

More information

For information about the consultation process and to read the full list of reforms,  visit the Fairer Safer Housing section on the Engage Victoria website.