Family of four moving into house carrying boxes

Tenant rights

Tenants often feel like they have no power and that no one is on their side. The reforms will put an end to that by increasing tenants’ access to information and ensuring they have someone to advocate on their behalf.

It would've been really great if we had some sort of authority to help us through that period because we all had no idea about all the policy and stuff associated with getting your bond back.
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Reforms

Commissioner for Residential Tenancies

A Commissioner for Residential Tenancies will be appointed to champion the rights of Victorian renters in the private sector.

The Commissioner will consult widely with tenant and consumer advocacy groups  across the rental sector to identify systemic issues and will give tenants a voice in seeking changes to renting laws over the years to come.

Landlord blacklist

Currently, tenants who breach their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) may find their names on tenant ‘blacklists’. Landlords and real estate agents will now be subject to similar measures.

We will create a landlord and agent ‘blacklist’ which will be available to all tenants so they can identify landlords and agents who have previously breached their obligations under the RTA.

The reforms require amendments to Residential Tenancies Act 1997. The process to amend the RTA is underway.