Transferring the bond from one tenant to the other

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New tenants or residents

If a tenant or resident changes during the lease, the:

  • landlord/agent or owner, and the incoming, outgoing and any continuing tenant or resident, must complete and sign a Tenant Transfer form to change ownership of the bond. A copy of the completed form must be given to the tenants or residents
  • Tenant Transfer form must be sent to the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) within five days of the new tenant or resident moving in.

The RTBA does not make part-repayments on bonds. Adjustment of contributions to the bond between outgoing and incoming tenants or residents is a private matter between those parties. The RTBA will only record the name of the new tenant or resident.

A fine may be imposed for not sending a Tenant Transfer form to the RTBA.

It is possible (although uncommon) for a tenant or resident to transfer their bond to a new rental property, if that property has the same landlord as their current home.

To transfer a bond to another tenant or resident, visit the RTBA Online website. Ensure pop-ups are enabled in your web browser; otherwise you will not be able to generate the Tenant Transfer form.

Note:You can request pre-printed forms to be mailed to you. Contact the RTBA on 1300 137 164 or rtba@justice.vic.gov.au. Calling this number costs the same as a local call. Additional charges may apply if you are calling from overseas, on a mobile or payphone.

New landlords or owners

If a new landlord/agent or owner takes over the management of a leased property, the previous and new landlord/agent or owner must complete and sign an Agent/Landlord Transfer form. This form must be sent to the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) within five days of the changeover. A copy of the completed form must be given to the tenants or residents.

A fine may be imposed for not sending an Agent/Landlord Transfer form.

To transfer a bond to another landlord or owner, visit the RTBA Online website. Ensure pop-ups are enabled in your web browser; otherwise you will not be able to generate the Agent/Landlord Transfer Lodgement form.

Note: You can request pre-printed forms to be mailed to you. Email rtba@justice.vic.gov.au or call the RTBA on 1300 137 164. Calling this number costs the same as a local call. Additional charges may apply if you are calling from overseas, on a mobile or payphone.