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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 1 January 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.

To make sure industry and community groups are ready by 1 January 2021, we will provide a range of information materials.

We will add resources, including more fact sheets and guides, as they become available. 

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The fact sheets are written in plain English, for everyone affected by changes to renting laws – tenants, landlords, the property industry and community organisations. Practitioners can use the fact sheets to help explain the changes to their clients.

These guides are written for practitioners, especially legal practitioners, who need a detailed description of how the legislation has changed. The guides provide a consistent understanding and interpretation of these changes.

Stakeholder kits

These kits are for tenant advocacy groups, social housing bodies, estate agencies and other related bodies, to raise awareness of long-term leases as a new lease agreement option in the Victorian housing market. Each kit contains a long article, short article, social media posts and a fact sheet.

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Presentations

If you require these presentations in an accessible format, please email rentalreforms@justice.vic.gov.au.

Consultation on renting regulations

A public consultation on the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 opened on Tuesday 12 November 2019 and closed on Wednesday 18 December 2019.

For more information, visit the New regulations for rental housing page on the Engage Victoria website.

More information

If you have a question about support for organisations working in the rental sector, email rentalreforms@justice.vic.gov.au.