Consultation - Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

The Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 sought submissions from the public and industry on proposed changes to the Act. This consultation closed at 5pm, Sunday, 21 October 2018. The proposed reforms of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 aimed to:

  • Improve the security and stability of tenure for tenants
  • promote good-faith relationships in the rental environment, and
  • ensure there are appropriate protections in place for both landlords and tenants.

Information on the outcome of this consultation will be published when it becomes available.

About the reforms

Since the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 came into force, home ownership rates have dropped, and the proportion of households living in rental homes has increased.

More people, including families and older people, are renting for longer, or for life.

A targeted reform of the Residential Tenancies Act is underway to support the Government’s goal of making life better for renters.

This is an opportunity to consider whether the law that governs the rental market continues to be a fair and proportionate way to address problems that tenants and landlords may experience.

The reforms aim to promote good-faith relationships in the renting environment, and ensure there are appropriate protections in place for both tenants and landlords.

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

October 24, 2018

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