Fairer Safer Housing - Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997

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Background

Fairer Safer Housing is the Victorian Government's work program for ensuring all Victorians have access to safe, affordable and secure housing.

The review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) is a critical part of the Government's broader Fairer Safer Housing work program, and will ensure that regulation of Victoria's rental sector is appropriate to meet the needs and expectations of tenants and landlords, now and into the future.

The rental market has changed significantly over the last 20 years. Growing numbers of Australians are delaying purchasing a home and renting for longer.

The review has examined how well Victoria's rental laws work in the modern rental market, and aims to balance the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.

Stage three: Options discussion paper (completed)

This paper responded to to the most important issues raised by individuals and organisations that made submissions to the review, outlining suggested legislative and administrative changes to the RTA.

The paper focused specifically on general tenancies and rooming houses, with options for caravan and residential park residents to follow once the Parliamentary Inquiry into Retirement Living closes in March 2017.

Stage two: Issues papers (completed)

Security of tenure

Security of tenure considered the degree of certainty that tenants and landlords have in the modern rental market, and how the RTA supports them in achieving tenancy arrangements that meet their needs. 

Rent, bonds and other charges

Rent, bonds and other charges considered how the RTA supports landlords and tenants in managing the costs of a renting arrangement.

Rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants

Rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants considered how the RTA sets boundaries around what tenants and landlords can and cannot do throughout the tenancy relationship.

Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution considered options available to landlords and tenants to resolve disputes, and how well these support the needs and expectations of participants in the modern rental market.

Regulation of property conditions in the rental market

This issues paper considered the state in which a rental property must be kept, and the standards it is required to meet.

Alternate forms of tenure

This issues paper considered residential rights and responsibilities for people who live in rooming houses, caravan parks and residential parks.

Stage one consultation (completed)

The first step of the review was to uncover trends and behaviours in the rental market through an initial consultation paper, Laying the groundwork, which was based on available data. 

Future stages of the review

Following consultation on the options, the Victorian Government will settle a comprehensive reform package and make decisions that will form the basis of the development of new legislation and regulations to be introduced into the Victorian Parliament in early 2018.

For more information, visit the Fairer Safer Housing website.