Tenancy law reforms

In September 2018, the Victorian Parliament passed the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018. As the Act commences, it will progressively amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to introduce more than 130 reforms to Victoria’s rental laws. The reforms are designed to increase protections for renters and residents while ensuring providers can still effectively manage their properties.

For more information, search for the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 on the Victorian Legislation and parliamentary Documents website (External link).

For information about the introduction of the reforms, visit the Latest News section on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website (External link).

For details of the review that led to the reforms, along with a summary of each, visit the Fairer Safer Housing section of the Engage Victoria website (External link).

Consumer Affairs Victoria will oversee implementation of the new laws.

Terminology changes

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 includes some new terminology for the Victorian rental sector. The term ‘tenant’ will be replaced by ‘renter’ and ‘landlord’ by ‘residential rental provider’.

A renter will be the person premises are let to (or will be let to) under a residential rental agreement. A residential rental provider will be the person who lets out the premises.

A residential rental agreement – also known as a tenancy agreement – will be the name for an agreement between a renter and residential rental provider to rent premises for a fixed term or on a periodic basis.