An Update on changes to rental regulations

Regular readers of these posts may remember that we first gave you the ‘heads up’ on proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act in Victoria back in 2018. Since then, the Barry Plant Group, along with several others, have made submissions to the Victorian Government on the proposed regulations that form part of the new legislation, which are scheduled to come into effect from July 1st, 2020.

To ensure that we keep our clients informed, I thought I would provide you with a summary of what these prosed regulations will look like. Here’s the first half of this information.

  1. Safety-related activities.

Rental providers (that’s landlords to you and I) would be responsible for:

Renters would be under a duty not to remove, deactivate or interfere with the operation of prescribed safety devices.

2. Rental minimum standards—heating.

A requirement for a fixed heater in the main living area for all rental properties and prescribing a medium minimum energy efficiency standard for heaters at rental properties.

3. Other rental minimum standards

Minimum standards are proposed in relation to provision of:

4. Urgent repairs—authorised amount

It is proposed to update the prescribed ‘urgent repairs’ authorised amount from $1,800 to $2,500.

5. Rental applications

Rental provider must not request prescribed information from applicants. The prescribed information that a rental provider or agent cannot require applicants to disclose is proposed to be:

As mentioned above, I will provide updates on further proposed changes in the next week or two. The outcome of the draft regulations is scheduled to be finalised and released in April 2020, ready for implementation alongside the amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act on 1st July 2020.

I will, of course, continue to provide you with regular updates as they come to hand, however if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your Property Manager for assistance.


Sam La Spina

Rental Director