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Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 clarified the law in relation to tenant liability for damage, the treatment of unlawful residential premises, and contamination of rental properties.

The Amendment Act made three key changes:

Tenant liability for damage

The Amendment Act contains damage liability rules that strike a balance between incentivising tenants to take a high degree of care of rental properties and not exposing them to high cost and risk.

Contamination of residential properties

The Amendment Act includes changes to protect tenants and landlords from the harmful effects of contaminants.

Unlawful residential premises

The Amendment Act gave the Tenancy Tribunal full jurisdiction over cases where premises are unlawful for residential purposes. This allows for enforcement action against landlords who are in breach of their legal obligations.

Read the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 on the Parliament website. 

Information for tenants and landlords

The Tenancy Services website has more information about your rights and responsibilities, and advice for tenants and landlords.

Find out more about liability for damage

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Published: October 13, 2021

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