Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    Anonymous

Questions on possible options

  1. Is a 2 December 2019 commencement date for the proposed Regulation and Amendment Act reasonable for industry participants to adjust to the changes? If not, why?

    No its not. If one were to use past experience of the Govts expertise in providing clear, concise and easily understood Regulations and an acceptable commencement date, then Dec 2nd is way too soon. You have even shown the affected parties the regulation yet!

  2. Is a mid-2020 date appropriate for commencement of the new minimum standards for rental properties? If not, why?

    Perhaps, but they must be made clearer and frankly have more acceptability for Landlords, not just tenants!

  3. Are there other terms in the proposed Regulation that should be defined so that their meaning is clear?

    None of the above proposed terms have any carification, so us as intersted parties cannot even comment, theyre all so vague!!!

  4. Does the new standard form of tenancy agreement clearly define the rights and obligations of both landlords and tenants?

    Yes. However IF you keep giving tenants more rights whilst removing the rights of and making it more expensive for Landlords, guess what???...No more rental properties!!

  5. Are there other ways that the standard form of tenancy agreement can be improved? If so, how?

    Yes, stop removing landlords rights!

  6. Are there any other terms that should be prohibited from being included in a residential tenancy agreement?

  7. Do you agree that these terms should not be excluded or modified by a fixed term agreement of 20 years or more?

  8. Are there other terms in the Act that should not be excluded or modified in fixed term agreements of 20 years or more?

  9. Do you think that the proposed condition report is easy to use?

  10. Should any other features be included in the condition report to help accurately describe the condition of the premises?

  11. For the material fact listed under clause 8(f), are there other instances where a landlord could become aware that the property has been used to manufacture drugs?

  12. Are the prescribed timeframes for disclosing each of the material facts listed under clause 8, still appropriate? If not, why?

  13. Are the proposed material facts listed under clause 8 too broad or too narrow? If yes, why?

  14. Are there other types of material facts that a landlord or landlord’s agent should disclose to a prospective tenant?

  15. Are clauses 9, 10 and 11 still appropriate? If so, why?

  16. Are there any other charges that should apply to social housing tenants?

  17. Are there other water efficiency measures that should be prescribed? If so, why?

  18. Is the newly drafted clause 13 appropriate? If not, why?

  19. Do the requirements appropriately balance tenant safety with administrative costs to landlords and agents? If not, why?

  20. Are there other circumstances where repairs to a smoke alarm should be carried out by a qualified professional? If so, why?

  21. Are any of the smoke alarm repair requirements unclear? If so, why?

  22. How much notice should a tenant give a landlord to carry out repairs to a smoke alarm, given the need to repair it urgently?

  23. Do you agree that the prescribed list of minor alterations is reasonable? If not, why?

  24. Do you agree with the list of alterations where consent may be conditional on having the work carried out by a qualified tradesperson? If not, why?

  25. Are there other types of minor alterations that should be prescribed, including measures to further improve accessibility for elderly or disabled tenants?

  26. Do you agree with the list of exceptions? If not, why?

  27. Are there any other situations where clause 17 should not apply?

  28. Do you have any suggestions on how the wording and layout of the declaration form could be improved?

  29. Should the exemptions provided for in clauses 19-26 continue to apply? If not, why?

  30. Is the new exemption provided by clause 27 appropriate? If not, why?

  31. Is the new exemption provided by clauses 28 appropriate? If not, why?

  32. Is the new exemption provided by clause 29 appropriate? If not, why?

  33. Is the new exemption provided by clause 30 appropriate? If not, why?

  34. Is the exemption provided by clause 31 appropriate? If not, why?

  35. Are the timeframes for making applications to the Tribunal adequate? If not, why?

  36. Is the jurisdictional limit set for rental bond and other matters adequate? If not, why?

  37. Are there any unintended consequences in prescribing a cumulative amount where an order is made with respect to both a rental bond and another matter?

  38. Should an interest rate on rental bonds still be prescribed? Why?

  39. Are the prescribed savings and transitional provisions appropriate?

  40. Are any other savings or transitional provisions required?

  41. Are the changes to penalty amounts in the proposed Regulation appropriate?

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