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 in relation to:

  • Tenant liability for damage
  • The treatment of unlawful residential premises, and
  • The rights and responsibilities that parties have regarding contaminants and contaminated premises.

The Bill passed its first reading on 4 July 2017. It was referred to the Governance and Administration Committee which  reported back to Parliament on 16 April 2018.

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

  • broadening the focus of Part 2 of the Bill from one that addressed methamphetamine contamination specifically to one that addresses contaminants more generally; and 
  • strengthening the insurance disclosure requirements by ensuring landlords include a written statement in the tenancy agreement stating whether or not the premises are insured, the amount of the insurance excess, what risks the premises are insured against, and any acts or omissions that would make the insurance irrecoverable.

The Bill will shortly have its second reading.

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The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has released a report on the health effects of methamphetamine residue in residential properties - Methamphetamine contamination in residential properties: Exposures, risk levels, and interpretation of standards (the CSA report).

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