Sweep­ing re­forms for ten­ant rights across elec­torate

The Free Press (Corowa) - - LOCALREALESTATE -

Rent­ing fam­i­lies can now make their house feel more like a home, un­der the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s com­pre­hen­sive re­form to res­i­den­tial ten­ancy laws.

Mem­ber for Albury, Greg Aplin said more than 30 per cent of the NSW pop­u­la­tion are now rent­ing, and th­ese changes are a win-win for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“There are around 8,769 house­holds that rent in Albury, so this is a great out­come for our lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Mr Aplin said.

“Un­der th­ese com­mon sense changes, rent­ing fam­i­lies now have greater clar­ity around what mi­nor al­ter­ations they can carry out to a prop­erty, such as in­stalling pic­ture hooks to hang fam­ily pho­tos.

“Ten­ants will also en­joy a set of ba­sic stan­dards so their home is up to scratch when they move in.”

Un­der the changes, all rental prop­er­ties must meet a set of live­able stan­dards, in­clud­ing:

Ad­e­quate nat­u­ral or ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing and ven­ti­la­tion;

Ad­e­quate out­lets for heat­ing and ap­pli­ances;

A struc­turally sound build­ing; and,

Ac­cess to elec­tric­ity or gas.

“Th­ese re­forms have struck the right balance for our lo­cal res­i­dents, by in­creas­ing ten­ant’s rights, while also pro­tect­ing a land­lord’s in­vest­ment,” Mr Aplin said.

Con­cerns around re­tal­ia­tory rent in­creases have been ad­dressed by re­strict­ing rent in­creases to once ev­ery 12 months for fixedterm leases.

The changes also strengthen pro­tec­tions for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, al­low­ing ten­ants to es­cape a vi­o­lent part­ner by im­me­di­ately break­ing a lease with­out penalty.

“Vic­tims are pro­tected from be­ing listed on a ten­ancy database by agents or land­lords where a debt or prop­erty dam­age arose be­cause of a vi­o­lent part­ner,” Mr Aplin said.

NSW Fair Trad­ing will also have new pow­ers to in­ves­ti­gate dis­putes be­tween ten­ants and land­lords, and is­sue rec­ti­fi­ca­tion orders.

“Fair Trad­ing re­ceived more than 2,800 com­plaints about res­i­den­tial ten­ancy is­sues in 2017-18, which shows just how cru­cial th­ese re­forms are,” Mr Aplin said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the NSW res­i­den­tial ten­ancy re­forms pack­age visit www.fair­trad­ing.nsw.gov.au or phone 13 32 20.

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