Claiming the bond - tenants and residents

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Claiming the bond - overview

When a tenancy ends the tenant may receive the whole bond, or only a part of it, if the landlord claims the money to cover any damages caused to the property.

Note: You cannot pay your final rent using the bond. The bond and rent are separate payments. Tenants or residents may be fined for treating any part of the bond as rent. This includes if the rental agreement is in its last month.

The Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) holds all Victorian residential tenancy bonds, including those on rented premises, long-term caravans, rooming houses (buildings where one or more rooms are available to rent, and four or more people in total can occupy those rooms) and sites under site agreements. For more information, view our Residential Tenancies Bond Authority page.