For example, the landlord should tell the tenant if they plan to sell the property for the duration of the contract, or if the landlord knows that asbestos has been found on the property. The new long-term lease will make it easier for landlords and tenants to accept longer leases. As part of the reforms, the landlord or broker must not give false information to the tenant or neglect to tell him anything about the property to get him to sign a rental contract. These reforms follow a Supreme Court decision that found that tenants have a right to expect leased property to be kept in “good repair” even if it was in poor condition when they were originally rented. Failure to meet minimum standards may result in a fine for the lessor, a full repair request or termination of the lease. Tenant Victoria led the rent reform campaign, which made other changes, including long-term leases and the ability for tenants to make minor changes to a property, such as putting in place brackets without the landlord`s consent. These changes will take effect on July 1. But tenant Victoria says the reform, which will take effect on March 2, will end the “blind” and “usual” practice of not including “pet” clauses in leases. The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and your lease prohibit you from damaging the leased property or causing nuisance. A nuisance is anything that unreasonably disturbs the enjoyment of your neighbours` property, such as constant barking, unpleasant odours, etc.
If you are an SDA resident under a rental agreement, you have the same rights and obligations as other tenants with respect to pets. To keep a pet, you must give your SDA supplier a completed pet application form (Word, 583KB). For more information, see What customers need to do on this page. On March 2, 2020, new laws on pets and rentals came into force. Tenants must now obtain the consent of their landlord to bring a new pet into the property.