New renting regulations available - News alert

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28 January 2021
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The Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 are now available.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety received more than 700 written submissions on the draft regulations from the Victorian community. After reviewing and considering all submissions, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne has decided to incorporate a number of changes into the regulations. These include:

  • Compensation for sales inspections – a minimum of $30 compensation is required to be paid per inspection.
  • Information that cannot be requested from applicants – prohibitions on requesting a passport, or about nationality status has been removed, and a prohibition has been included on asking about protected attributes under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 unless a written reason for the question is provided.
  • Information that a rental provider must disclose – additional requirements for disclosure have been included at the request of renters.
  • Gas and electricity safety checks – the meaning of a ‘gas safety check’ and ‘electrical safety check’ has been defined to ensure that rental providers understand their safety maintenance obligations.
  • Ventilation – a new rental minimum standard has been developed for ventilation.
  • Heating – the energy efficiency (2 star) heating rental minimum standard has been extended to Class 2 rental properties (apartments) unless the rental provider can prove it would be unreasonable in terms of technical, cost or owners corporation requirements to install an energy efficient heater.

The new regulations will come into operation on 29 March 2021. 

For the full list of requirements, you can access the regulations at New regulations for rental housing - Engage Victoria.