How will tenancy laws change in 2020?

Here is a quick summary of the rental reforms being implemented by some of the State governments in 2020:



·        Landlords must ensure the property is "structurally sound”

·        The property must contain private bathroom facilities, adequate lighting, ventilation, gas & electricity.

·        New penalties will be introduced for landlords who fail to maintain smoke alarms

·        Tenants can now make minor renovations

·        There are now set "break fees" for tenants who cancel fixed-term agreements

VIC (Leases signed after July 1 2020)

·        Landlords will not be able to evict tenants without cause once a fixed-term agreement expires

·        A new blacklist for landlords will be created

·        Tenants will be able to make minor modifications without consent

·        Rent increases (outside fixed-term leases) will be limited to once a year

·        Landlords can only stop tenants having a pet if they obtain an order from VCAT


·        Rent increases (outside fixed-term leases) will be limited to once a year

·        Lease agreements cannot completely prohibit pets

·        Landlords can only stop tenants making minor modifications if they obtain approval from the tribunal ( ie, installing picture hooks, setting up a herb garden and installing blinds)


·        Landlords will need to provide reasonable grounds for denying tenants having pets

·        All properties will need to meet a new minimum standard

·        No-grounds evictions will be banned

·        Tenants experiencing domestic violence will be able to end tenancies without the usual notice requirements


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Jason Gwerder
Friday, 10 January 2020

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