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Victoria’s Residential Tenancy Laws Changing – Henry Street Law

Published by Gaven Livermore on

Under changes to Victoria’s Residential Tenancies Act 1997 proposed by the Andrews Government, tenants will be able to have pets in rented properties unless VCAT makes orders to the contrary.

More significantly, tenants could seek to have their bond released without the written consent of the landlord, who would have 14 days to dispute the release of the bond before it was automatically released to the tenant.

Under the amendments, landlords would be required to ensure that rental properties have heating, security and working stoves. The amendments would also provide for basic safety standards for gas, electricity and smoke alarms in rental properties.

Should the proposed amendments be enacted, landlords would be well advised to review existing residential tenancy agreements for properties they own in Victoria to ensure their interests are safeguarded.

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