Fact sheet 15: Moving to the new rental laws, there are some exceptions for existing agreements

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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.

The full set of new rental laws will come into effect on 1 July 2020. But some laws will not apply to rental providers (landlords) and renters who have existing rental agreements until these agreements end.

If a rental agreement is:

  • a fixed-term rental agreement starting on or after 1 July 2020, or
  • a periodic (month-to-month) rental agreement which you moved to on or after 1 July 2020

all new rental laws apply to this agreement.

If a rental agreement is:

  • a fixed-term rental agreement that started before 1 July 2020, or
  • a periodic (month-to-month) rental agreement which you moved to before 1 July 2020

then nearly all new rental laws apply to the agreement.

The laws that do not apply to existing agreements include laws relating to:

  • disclosure requirements, invalid or prohibited terms, and discrimination in rental agreements
  • rent payments, restrictions on rent in advance and rent increases, and rent receipts
  • rental minimum standards
  • condition reports.