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Residential tenancy laws review 

Comments closed on 29 January 2016 

What is this about? 

The NSW Government is reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (the Act). The Act establishes a comprehensive set of rights and obligations for:

  • landlords
  • tenants
  • social housing providers
  • real estate agents who act for landlords.

What’s happened so far? 

On 29 October 2015, the NSW Government released the Discussion Paper: Statuory review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (PDF, size: 2mb) to invite public comment on the residential tenancy laws in NSW.

The Paper gives background on the Act, which was to help stakeholders and the public give feedback and suggest improvements to the current laws. It explores aspects of the laws including:

  • Starting a tenancy
  • Rental bonds
  • Rent and other charges
  • The rights and obligations of landlords and tenants
  • Terminating a tenancy
  • Resolving disputes.

Submissions in response to the Discussion Paper closed on 29 January 2015.

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Next steps 

NSW Fair Trading is reviewing all submissions and will conduct further targeted consultation on key issues.

A report on the review will be submitted to the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation for tabling in Parliament by mid 2016.

Please check this web page for updates on the review process or subscribe to our tenancy enewsletter The Letterbox for updates.

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