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The Residential Tenancies Authority has announced several significant changes to rental laws designed to enhance the residential tenancy sector. One of the primary updates is the implementation of minimum housing standards, ensuring that rental properties meet basic safety and liveability criteria. These standards cover crucial areas such as structural integrity, access to water and sanitation, and proper ventilation and lighting.

In an effort to address rental affordability and stability, the new legislation will enforce fairer practices for rent increases and strengthen tenant protections against unjust evictions.
This aims to create a more balanced and equitable rental market for all parties involved.

A notable change involves the rights of tenants to keep pets. Under the new regulations, tenants will find it easier to have pets, as landlords will now need to provide reasonable grounds to refuse such requests. This change seeks to foster a pet-friendly rental environment while still considering landlords’ interests.

The changes also focus on the importance of effective communication and dispute resolution between tenants and landlords. The Residential Tenancies Authority is set to play a pivotal role in offering guidance and support, ensuring
that tenancy agreements are honoured and disputes are resolved promptly.

Overall, these changes represent a concerted effort to modernise tenancy laws, making them fairer and more balanced. The reforms are aimed at enhancing the security and quality of life for tenants while safeguarding the rights of property owners, ultimately contributing to a more stable and equitable rental market.

When navigating through the complexities of residential tenancy, the team at McNamara Law are here to guide and provide advice for your specific needs. Please call our property team on 1300 285 888 to make an appointment.