Fact Sheets


These fact sheets provide general information which is not intended to provide or replace legal advice about your particular circumstances.


IMPORTANT: Please note that while changes were made to the Residential Tenancy Act effective 1 July 2013, some of the old laws may actually still apply to you. If for example you entered into a lease prior to 1 July 2013, the old laws may still be valid. Accordingly we strongly encourage you to get appropriate legal/tenancy advice from your local tenancy service concerning the application of the new laws.

Natural Disaster Fact Sheet

Legal Aid Natural Disaster & Renting Issues


Starting a Tenancy

1. The Residential Tenancies Act 1987

2. Making an Application for a Rental Property

3. Starting a Tenancy

3b. Shared Tenancies

4. Residential Tenancy Databases

5. Security Bond at the Start of a Tenancy

6. Property Condition Report

7. Rent, Fees and Other Charges

During a Tenancy

8. Rent Increases

9. Rent Arrears

10. Maintenance and Repairs

11. Mould

12. Security, RCDs and Smoke Alarms

13. Entry and Privacy

14. Utilities

Ending a Tenancy

15. Ending a Tenancy by Giving Notice

16. The Lessor is Selling the Property

17. Break Lease

18. Eviction Lessor is Ending Your Tenancy

19. Abandoned Property and Goods

20. Disposal of the Bond

21. Eviction Illegal Lockout

Going to Court

22. Before Applying To Court

23. Applying to the Magistrates Court

24. Preparing for Court

25. Court Process

Law Reform

Read our Law Reform submissions.

Annual Reports

Read our Annual Reports.