This page is about changes to Victoria's renting laws that have not happened yet. They will be in place by 1 January 2021.
For information on current laws, view our Renting section.
Under new renting laws, a rental provider (landlord) must use a valid reason to issue a notice to vacate to a renter. They cannot issue a ‘no specified reason’ notice to vacate.
What has changed?
Rental providers must provide a valid reason to end a rental agreement.
Valid reasons include sale, change of use or demolition of premises, and landlord moving back into the premises.
Previously a rental provider could issue a notice to vacate without providing a reason. The notice periods were 120 days for rental agreements up to 5 years.
Are there new reasons provided in the rental laws?
Threats and intimidation
A rental provider may give a notice to vacate if the renter or any other person occupying the premises has seriously threatened or intimidated:
- the rental provider or their agent, or
- contractors or employees of the rental provider or their agent.
The minimum notice period is 14 days.
Pet is kept without rental provider’s consent
A rental provider may give a notice to vacate if:
- the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has excluded a pet from the rental premise, and
- the renter has failed to comply with the VCAT order within 14 days.
The minimum notice period is 28 days.
What if a notice to vacate has been issued incorrectly?
If a renter believes that their rental provider has issued a notice to vacate that is not valid, they should apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to challenge the notice.
What if a renter does not vacate?
The rental provider may apply to VCAT for a possession order (eviction).