The Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (HLA Act) became law on 20 October 2021, with rental reforms being implemented in a staggered approach.
Reforms for people experiencing domestic and family violence to leave a tenancy or remain in the property safely have already commenced as of 20 October 2021. Reforms relating to minimum housing standards will commence for new leases from 1 September 2023 and for all tenancies from 1 September 2024.
Other changes – such as the framework for all parties to negotiate renting with pets and changes to approved reasons to end a tenancy – will commence on proclamation on a date yet to be set. Learn more on our rental reforms web page.
To help customers understand the options and processes for people experiencing domestic and family violence in a rental property, the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) has published additional resources and information including:
- a podcast episode in Talking Tenancies
- domestic and family violence information factsheets for tenants and residents to explain the process and legislative requirements on costs, confidentiality and changing locks
- a Bond refund for persons experiencing domestic and family violence factsheet to clarify the bond refund process when a tenant/resident leaves the property due to domestic and family violence
- domestic and family violence in a rental property webpage.
The RTA has also updated a number of general tenancy and rooming accommodation forms listed below to improve clarity and provide further customer support and education. Please ensure you download and use these latest versions.
|RTA forms (general tenancies and rooming accommodation)||What's changed?|
|Bond refund for persons experiencing domestic and family violence (Form 4a)||Updated information on bonds involving bond loans|
|Notice to leave (Form R12)||Updated and removed reference to notice not applicable on grounds of abandonment|
|Notice ending tenancy interest (domestic and family violence) (Form 20)||Clarified costs vacating tenant is still responsible for, updated reference to the Regulation and guidelines for lessors/agents|
|Notice ending tenancy interest (domestic and family violence) (form R20)||Clarified costs vacating resident is still responsible for, updated reference to the Regulation and guidelines for lessors/agents|
|Domestic and family violence report||Updated guidelines for agents, lessors and manager/providers|
|Continuing interest notice||Updated guidelines for agents, lessors and manager/providers|