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Hadyn Ori­ti, Part­ner

More than 30% of the New South Wales pop­u­la­tion are rent­ing their homes and the demand for qual­i­ty rental accom­mo­da­tion con­tin­ues to grow.

In an effort to both fur­ther pro­tect Land­lords and renters, Par­lia­ment has recent­ly passed a series of amend­ments to the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cy Act 2010.  The start date for the reforms is yet to be deter­mined.

Of note, is the added pro­tec­tion to vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence. Under the new reforms, vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence will be able to ter­mi­nate their ten­an­cy imme­di­ate­ly if they are escap­ing a vio­lent part­ner.

They will not be held account­able for dam­age that is inflict­ed by a per­pe­tra­tor (and nei­ther will a co-ten­ant for that mat­ter).

In addi­tion, Land­lords will no longer be able to black­list vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence on a ten­an­cy data­base if they are escap­ing a domes­tic vio­lence sit­u­a­tion.

The new amend­ments also bring a set of sev­en min­i­mum stan­dards that a rental prop­er­ty must adhere to, to be fit for habi­ta­tion.

A sound struc­ture, access to nat­ur­al light and ven­ti­la­tion and ade­quate plumb­ing and drainage must all be main­tained through­out the ten­an­cy. Water and elec­tric­i­ty / gas sup­ply is also now manda­to­ry.

Oth­er changes will include annu­al lim­its to rent increas­es, manda­to­ry fees for break­ing a fixed term lease ear­ly and fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion around rules per­tain­ing to pub­lish­ing videos and pho­tos tak­en dur­ing inspec­tions and the def­i­n­i­tion for ‘sep­a­rate­ly metered premis­es’.

Hadyn Ori­ti is a Part­ner with Dono­van Oates Han­naford. He has a wealth of expe­ri­ence in pro­vid­ing advice on Com­mer­cial Leas­ing and Prop­er­ty Law. 

If you would like to dis­cuss any issues you may have with respect to any of the amend­ments to the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Amend­ment (Review) Bill or sim­ply find out how these changes may affect you, please con­tact Hadyn on 02 6583 0449 or horiti@dohlaw.com.au

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