Due Date: 
Sunday, 21 October 2018
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Why the RTA is being reformed

Since the RTA came into force, homeownership rates have declined and the proportion of households living in rental homes has increased. More people, including families and older people, are renting for longer, or for life.

The reform of the RTA aims to promote good-faith relationships in the renting environment, and to ensure there are appropriate protections in place for both tenants and landlords.

Aims of the reform

  1. To improve tenants’ security and stability while maintaining adequate protection of landlords’ interests
  2. To ensure the appropriate balancing of the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords to promote good faith tenancy relationships and help renters feel at home
  3. To modernise the legislation so it can respond to the changing trends in rental markets
  4. To improve quality standards of boarding houses and the accountability of boarding house operators.


What we are consulting on

The discussion document includes the following proposals:

  • substituting the ability for landlords to terminate tenancies for any reason with specific and justifiable criteria for ending a tenancy
  • setting the amount of notice a landlord needs to give to terminate a tenancy to 90 days under all circumstances
  • limiting rent increases to once a year
  • better equipping tenants and landlords to reach agreement about pets and minor alterations to the home
  • whether further controls for boarding houses are needed to provide adequate protection for boarding house tenants
  • introducing new tools and processes into the compliance and enforcement system.


How to Make a Submission

We are seeking your feedback on proposals to reform the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. You can tell us what you think by:

The consultation period closes at 5pm on Sunday, 21 October 2018.

Your feedback will be considered in refining and improving proposals before Government makes any final decisions on reforms to the RTA.

How to write a submission