Under the new rental laws, rental providers (landlords) must ensure that their rental property meets certain minimum standards.
The minimum standards cover basic but important requirements relating to amenity, safety and privacy, and rental providers have a duty to ensure their property meets these standards.
The minimum standards apply to rental agreements that:
- started after 29 March 2021
- started before 29 March 2021 and roll over into periodic agreements on or after 29 March 2021.
Rolling over to a periodic agreement is considered starting a new agreement, even if occupancy began before 29 March 2021.
What are the rental minimum standards?
All rental properties must comply with the rental minimum standards listed below. There are 14 categories:
- Must have:
- a dedicated food preparation area
- a sink with hot and cold water
- a stovetop in good working order that has two or more burners.
If there is an oven, it must be in working order.
Note: these do not apply if the property is a registered place and a request for a permit to comply with this standard has been refused under the Heritage Act 2017.
What if the rental property doesn’t meet the minimum standards?
If the rental property does not meet the minimum standards, the renter can end the rental agreement before they move in.
Renters can also request an urgent repair to make the rental property meet the minimum standards at any time after they move in.
What about Rooming Houses, Caravan Parks and Residential Parks?
Minimum standards for rooming houses have applied since 2013. For more information, visit Rooming house minimum standards.
Minimum standards do not apply to caravans, sites or parks.
The new rental laws apply from 29 March 2021.