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If the tenant is causing or is likely to cause serious damage to a property, or where relevant, common areas or chattels within a common area, or the landlord believes they could injure an agent, a neighbour or the landlord, the landlord can apply immediately to the Magistrates Court for an order...
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If the tenant is permitted to keep pets capable of carrying parasites which can affect humans, a pet bond may be charged. Lessors/agents must lodge the security bond as a single amount, specifying the amount taken as pet bond. The amount a tenant can be charged for a pet bond depends on the type of...
Bonds
At the end of a tenancy, bond money will only be paid out if: all tenants and the lessor agree; a court order is obtained from a magistrate for a residential tenancy agreement; or an order is obtained from the State Administrative Tribunal for a residential parks long-stay tenancy agreement...
Bonds
A security bond may need to be changed/varied because: additional bond money needs to be lodged with the Bond Administrator, for example because the rent has been increased; one or more of the tenants in a shared household has moved out or a new tenant has moved in; the ownership of the property...
Bonds
The lessor (landlord or agent) has the right to carry out routine inspections on the property no more than four times a year. Inspections must be at a reasonable hour. Tenant's should receive between seven and 14 days' notice. The lessor must make a reasonable effort to negotiate a more suitable...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Bond money must be lodged with the Bond Administrator, as soon as possible and no later than 14 days after receipt of the money. How you lodge a bond is detailed below and depends on whether you are a private lessor or an agent/property manager. If more than one person has paid the bond (eg in a...
Bonds
If the rent is overdue A landlord can have the tenancy terminated if the tenants present a bad cheque or fall behind with their rent and can’t make up the payment within an agreed time. It’s important to remember there are procedures which must be followed. Remember, landlords can’t just evict or...
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If you are serving a notice or issuing documentation (eg property condition reports), you will find certain periods of notice are required for certain actions. It is important you allow the correct number of days for the delivery of a notice because a court may determine the notice is ineffective...
Notices and condition reports
Proper procedures must be observed when serving a notice. If the matter ends up in court, the person who prepared the notice would have to prove the notice was served correctly. Three handy charts were developed to help you understand the use and service on notices, particularly for the breach and...
Notices and condition reports
If you’re unhappy with the way the tenancy is going, for example the care or maintenance of the property or rent payments and inspections, try to sort out the issue amicably first. If you still can’t agree, the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 can help to sort things out in a more formal and...
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This brochure is designed to advise builders, gas fitters and consumers where gas-fired barbecues and patio heaters may be installed and used safely. This information does not take precedence over...
Building and Energy
Brochure
14 Aug 2019
A guide for property owners, real estate agents and operators of residential parks about lodging tenants’ security bonds with the Department’s Bond Administration Section
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
25 Apr 2014
The purpose of this brochure is to help boarders and lodgers understand their rights and responsibilities. This fact sheet provides useful tips on how to avoid problems with landlords and if problems...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
Looking to rent your property? Know your rights as a property owner or agent.
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
This publication will assist event organisers, venue organisers, asset managers and catering vendors to comply with the safety requirements for the use of gas appliances in public venues.
Brochure
30 Apr 2014
Notice to vacate from Mortgagee to Tenant Form 14
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
25 Apr 2014
NOTE: This form is ONLY to be used if not less than 14 days notice of breach of the agreement to pay rent (Form 21) has been given.
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
29 Jul 2014
Application for Disposal of Tenant Compensation Bond to Lessor Form 16
Consumer Protection
Form – application
25 Apr 2014
Notice to Tenant of Breach of Agreement (other than failure to pay rent) - Form 20
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
27 May 2014
Notice to Tenant of Proposed Recovery of premises by Person with Superior Title Form 17
Consumer Protection
Form – application
25 Apr 2014

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