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If the SDA has been regazetted by the DHHS, the rules and duties set out in the Disability Act 2006 still apply to existing residential statements.

For more information about re-gazetted SDA, where some accommodation remains under the Disability Act, view Re-gazettal of SDA on What providers and residents have to do.

What providers must do

They must:

1. give the resident one of the following agreements:

2. give the resident the information statement that matches the agreement:

Residents must get the agreement and information statement at least seven days before they enter into or establish the agreement.

3. explain the agreement and information statement to the resident in a way the resident can easily understand. This explanation can be verbal or in writing. You can also help the resident understand the information.

4. enter into or establish the agreement with the resident at least seven days after the information statement was given. For more information, view Starting an agreement with your provider.

Things to remember

Providers must use the agreements from our website. They cannot create their own agreement, but they can include extra terms. These extra terms cannot take away any of the resident's rights under the law.

Residents must get a copy of their signed agreement before they move in. If the provider does not give a resident who has signed an agreement the required information statement, the resident can end the agreement.

If the resident has an SDA residency agreement, they do not have to pay more than 30 days' rent in advance and they do not pay a bond.

Residents can pay rent using a method that does not have extra fees. They can also use Centrepay.

Residents are allowed to inspect a potential SDA free of charge.