Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2)

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 to provide clarity in law for both tenants and landlords related to:

  • Tenant liability for damage
  • The treatment of unlawful residential premises
  • The rights and responsibilities that parties have where a premises has been found to be contaminated.

The Bill passed its first reading on 4 July 2017. It went to the Governance and Administration Committee on 16 February 2018, and it reported back to Parliament on 16 April 2018.

The select committee made some changes to the Bill in response to public submissions:

  • broadened the focus of Part 2 of the Bill from one that responded to methamphetamine contamination to one that responds to contaminants more generally
  • strengthened the insurance disclosure requirements by ensuring landlords include a written statement in the tenancy agreement stating whether or not the premises are insured
  • clarified that it is for the landlord to provide that damage is not fair wear and tear and for the tenant to prove the damage was not intentional or careless.

The Bill will now go for its second reading.

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