Fact Sheet 1: Replacing the terms 'landlord' and 'tenant'

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This page is about changes to Victoria's renting laws that have not happened yet. They will be in place from July 2020.

For information on current laws, view our Renting section.

‘Tenant’ and ‘landlord’ are terms that are no longer used in the new rental laws.

What are the new terms?

The terms for residential tenancies are changed as follows:

  • tenants are now renters
  • landlords are now rental providers
  • tenancy agreements are now rental agreements
  • rooming house owners are now rooming house operators