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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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