As of March 23, 2025, all toilets on leased property will be required to be flushed according to the Commonwealth Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) with a minimum rating of three stars. The WELS system uses an evaluation system to help consumers make informed decisions about the water efficiency of the products they buy. With the signing of the rental agreement, the costs go towards the rent from the first day of your lease. Visit the Key Changes to Smoke Detector Requirements for Rentals page to learn more about who can repair or replace a smoke alarm or change a battery in a lease. On March 23, 2020, the Residential Tenancies AmendMent (Review) Act 2018 and the Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019 were launched. On October 17, 2018, the NSW Parliament passed the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Review) Act 2018, which introduced a series of reforms and improvements to the law. The Amendment Act transposes most of the recommendations for legal review and other reforms aimed at improving the rent situation. Owners are now required to read and understand the contents of the owner`s statement of information, which sets out their rights and obligations as an owner. The landlord/broker or lease cannot require you to pay more than 2 weeks` rent in advance (you can pay more).
They cannot ask for another rent until it expires and they cannot prescribe a cheque. Access the NSW Fair Trading information page to access information and forms provided by the Government Information Public Access (GIPA) Act 2009, which, as of July 1, 2010, lowered the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 1. The owner/agent can only charge one fee at a time. If you receive a participation fee, you cannot enter into a contract with another potential tenant for 7 days (or more if you accept both). The Residential Tenancies Act of 1987 (NSW) changed the position of landlords by granting tenants the right to have standard lease forms, to have urgent repairs, to limit rent increases and to fairly terminate the termination of leases. Landlords are required to give their name and a way for their tenant to contact them directly, even if they use an agent. The owner`s contact information can be a phone number or other contact information, such as an email address. An owner cannot name his agent`s contact information instead of his own. If a lessor does not use a broker, they must also provide their home or business address to receive mail. Tenants must receive this information in writing before signing the lease, or they may be included in the rental agreement.
Tenants must also be informed in writing within 14 days of each change in the landlord or real estate agent`s direction (if any) during the lease. The new standard form of the agreement makes this requirement clearer for owners and brokers. It will be available on our website until March 23, 2020. The amendments include additional water efficiency measures, including the need to check all taps and toilets on the land at the beginning of a lease to correct leaks. Taps and toilets should also be checked when other water efficiency measures are installed, repaired or upgraded and if leaks are corrected.