The Victorian Government has announced a new review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (VIC) (The Act) in line with their Plan for Fairer Safer Housing. The Act is the main source of consumer protection for Victorians living in rental housing, while also outlining the rights and obligations of landlords and property managers.
Consumer Affairs Victoria is leading the review, in collaboration with the departments of:
he review is broad-based and encompasses wide-ranging themes, such as:
It is anticipated that these themes will capture issues that come up in the course of public consultation on the paper, Laying the Groundwork, released during the first phase of the review.
There will be three stages to the current review:
It is proposed to introduce any reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act into the Victorian Parliament in 2017. If passed, these reforms would be implemented in 2018.
Questions for consideration in the Consultation Paper include:
Final written submissions are due at the end of August 2015.
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