Consumer Affairs Victoria

Key things to know

  • Some changes have been implemented.
  • All other changes will be in place by 29 March 2021.
  • Until changes come into effect, the current laws apply.

Latest announcements

New renting regulations available

The Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 are now available.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety received more than 700 written submissions on the draft regulations from the Victorian community. After reviewing and considering all submissions, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne has decided to incorporate a number of changes into the regulations. These include:

  • Compensation for sales inspections – a minimum of $30 compensation is required to be paid per inspection.
  • Information that cannot be requested from applicants – prohibitions on requesting a passport, or about nationality status has been removed, and a prohibition has been included on asking about protected attributes under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 unless a written reason for the question is provided.
  • Information that a rental provider must disclose – additional requirements for disclosure have been included at the request of renters.
  • Gas and electricity safety checks – the meaning of a ‘gas safety check’ and ‘electrical safety check’ has been defined to ensure that rental providers understand their safety maintenance obligations.
  • Ventilation – a new rental minimum standard has been developed for ventilation.
  • Heating – the energy efficiency (2 star) heating rental minimum standard has been extended to Class 2 rental properties (apartments) unless the rental provider can prove it would be unreasonable in terms of technical, cost or owners corporation requirements to install an energy efficient heater.

For the full list of requirements, you can access the regulations at New regulations for rental housing - Engage Victoria.  

Start date delay due to coronavirus

The start date of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 has been delayed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), with the amendments to be introduced by 29 March 2021, rather than the original 1 July 2020.

Note: The Government has replicated a small number of provisions from the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 into the new laws addressing the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19. These provisions relate to family violence and rental agreements.

Pets and renting

As part of the rental reforms, tenants will be able to keep a pet after seeking permission from their landlord. 

For more information, view Pets and renting.

For information on new laws affecting specialist disability accommodation (SDA) residents and SDA providers, view our Specialist disability accommodation page.