Responsibilities of the landlord to the tenant

During a residential tenancy, landlords have a number of responsibilities to their tenants, which are enshrined in the relevant legislation.

Some of the responsibilities which a landlord has to a tenant include:

  • Give the tenant a copy of the relevant state or Territory booklet outlining their rights. This needs to be done before the tenants move into the property or on the day that they do.
  • The rental property must be vacant, clean, and safe on the day that the tenant shifts in.
  • The main living areas must be kept in good condition and all the appliances need to be maintained.
  • The condition expected will be dependent on how old the property is and how much the rent is.
  • You are obliged to take care of anything that may need repairing on the property and must respond to any requests in a timely manner.
  • During a tenancy, the landlord is responsible for keeping the property in the same state that it was in when the tenant moved in. So this means maintenance and repairs need to be completed as they arise.
  • Respect the rights of the tenant to quiet enjoyment of the property.
  • Comply with all health and safety laws.
  • Provide reasonable security with locks in good working order and supply keys for each lock.
  • Pay all charges, levies, premiums, rates, and taxes for the property.
  • Reimburse the tenant for money spent on emergency repairs (certain conditions apply).
  • Not enter the premises to carry out a general inspection until after the end of the first three months of the tenancy (depending on the relevant legislation) and even at this time, follow the rules regarding proper notice periods.


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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

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