Review of the Residential Tenancies Act

The Northern Territory Government is reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 to ensure that Territorians have more clarity around interactions between tenants and landlords.

The Act has been operating for more than 18 years and no longer adequately reflects the shift in residential rental trends which include people renting for longer periods of time.

Topics for discussion include adding air-conditioning units and heaters to the list of items requiring emergency repairs, increasing the period of notice for rent increases from 30 days to 60 days and whether landlords should be able to impose a specific pet bond.

Further issues raised in the discussion paper include changing the Act to allow tenants to make minor alterations without requiring the landlord’s consent, and conversely, the Act providing sufficient protection to landlords when tenants do alterations.

The NT Government is encouraging feedback on the proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 especially from tenants, landlords, real estate agents, business organisations, legal advocates and community groups.

Details on how to make a submission and a copy of the full discussion paper with all the recommendations is available on the AGD open law reform consultations web page. Submissions close on 25 August 2019.

Source: NT Government