Consumer Affairs Victoria

Key things to know

  • Some changes have been implemented.
  • All other changes will be in place from July 2020.
  • Until changes come into effect, the current laws apply.

Latest announcements

Consultation on renting regulations

A public consultation on the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 opens on Tuesday 12 November 2019 and will close on Wednesday 18 December 2019.

The Regulations will cover topics such as what rental minimum standards will look like, and what modifications tenants can make to rental properties. We have also prepared a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which assesses the impact of the proposed regulations on the community, including the costs and benefits of any alternative options. 

To view the proposed Regulations and RIS and to make a submission, visit the New regulations for rental housing page on the Engage Victoria website

Pets and renting

As part of the rental reforms, tenants will be able to keep a pet after seeking permission from their landlord. Parliament is currently considering whether this reform should be introduced early. If Parliament agrees to early commencement, we will provide more information on how the reform will work and when it will come into force.

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There are currently no laws in in Victoria that directly cover pets and renting. For information on current law see our Pets and renting page.

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