Rent increases or decreases
- Rent cannot be increased during a fixed term agreement unless it is specifically stated.
- Even if rent increases are allowed during the agreement, 2 months notice in writing must be given or 4 weeks in rooming accommodation agreements.
- Rent can be increased in a periodic agreement by giving 2 months notice in writing (4 weeks in rooming accommodation).
- For rent to be increased, it must be at least 6 months since the last increase.
- Rent can be increased at the end of a fixed term agreement. For example, at the end of a 12 month agreement the rent can be increased for the next 12 month period.
- A tenant/resident can dispute the increase if they feel it is excessive by discussing the issue with the property manager/owner. If the tenant/resident still feels the increase is excessive, they can apply for dispute resolution once the new agreement is signed.
- If rent is increased, the bond may be increased if there has been at least 11 months since the last bond increase or start of the tenancy. Any additional bond must be lodged with the RTA using a Bond lodgement (Form 2). The tenant must pay the increase in bond by the date stated on the notice which must be at least 1 month after the tenant received the notice.
Rent may be decreased because:
- there is a drop in the standard of the property, room or service
- there is a decrease in services provided, e.g. a stove is not working
In rooming accommodation:
- the resident is not receiving a personal care service because they are away
- the resident is not receiving a food service because they have been away for more than two weeks