Consumer Affairs Victoria

Key things to know

  • Some changes have been implemented.
  • All other changes will be in place by 1 January 2021.
  • Until changes come into effect, the current laws apply.

Latest announcements

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.

See new renting rules for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Pets and renting

As part of the rental reforms, tenants will be able to keep a pet after seeking permission from their landlord. 

For more information, view our Pets and renting page.

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

For information on new laws affecting specialist disability accommodation (SDA) residents and SDA providers, view our Specialist disability accommodation page.