General tenancy agreement (Form 18a)

Important: The RTA is going paperless and will cease bulk printing of all forms and publications from 1 January 2020.

The General tenancy agreement is used when renting a house, unit, apartment, townhouse or houseboat. 

A written agreement must always be used when renting, even if the person renting is family or a friend.

It is the property manager/owner’s responsibility to organise the agreement and give a copy to the tenant before they pay any money or commit to the tenancy.

A tenancy agreement must include:

  • the name and address of the tenant and property manager/owner
  • the start and end date of the agreement (or state that it is periodic)
  • how the tenant should pay rent and how much is to be paid
  • standard terms (what the tenant and the property manager/owner can and cannot do)
  • any special terms  (these should be agreed in advance, e.g. a dog is allowed but must be kept outside)

On, or before, the day the tenant occupies the property, they must:

  • sign the agreement
  • return the agreement to the property manager/owner within 5 days of receiving it

The property manager/owner must:

  • sign the agreement
  • return a copy to the tenant within 14 days
Form 18a – General tenancy agreement
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Current version: v16 Apr19
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