Tax and legal advice

Tougher laws for Tas rentals

By Elyse Perrau

A barrage of new tenancy laws have come into effect in Tasmania, creating a greater obligation on landlords to maintain their properties.

The changes are set to introduce the country's first minimum standards for rentals, and other state and territory tenants’ unions are pushing for similar standards to be implemented elsewhere.

According to the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania, arguably of greatest benefit to tenants is the 42-day (six-week) notice period for an eviction at the end of a fixed-term lease, up from a minimum of 14 days.

For all leases after 1 October 2014, tenancies must be advertised at a fixed price and the landlord/property manager must not invite a tenant to bid higher than the advertised fixed price.

Tap washers and inaccessible light globes will be deemed to be urgent repair and therefore a landlord/agent responsibility.

In addition, cooking stoves with fewer than half the elements working are deemed to be an urgent repair, while cooking stoves with at least half the elements working are deemed a general repair but need to be repaired within 14 days, rather than the usual 28 days for general repairs.

If there is a Family Violence Order (FVO) in place to protect the tenant, the tenant may change the locks and security devices without the consent of the landlord/property manager.

A lease is immediately terminated if premises are deemed unfit to live in under the Public Health Act or if there is no surviving tenant in relation to the premises.

For all new leases after 1 October 2014 and for all leases after 1 October 2015, only deposit-taking institutions (ie. banks, credit unions) can charge fees for paying the rent.

Other services that landlords/agents use to collect rent must not charge fees to the tenant.

There also must be 12 months between rent increases and at least 60 days’ notice, whereas previously it could be increased every six months.

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Getting finance approved in this tightening lending environment

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