Renting privately

Starting a tenancy

Responsibilities for landlords and tenants are explained in the:

  • lease agreement signed at the start of the tenancy
  • information brochure, given at the start of the tenancy

If the lease agreement, information brochure and inspection sheets are not given to the tenant at the start of a tenancy the landlord could be fined.

If a tenant doesn't meet their responsibilities, a landlord can give them a written notice to end the lease.

If a landlord doesn't meet their responsibilities, a tenant can end the lease by giving them written notice to end the lease (312.2 KB PDF).

Forms and fact sheets for starting a tenancy

  • The information brochure (941.5 KB PDF) - must be given to the tenant at the start of a lease agreement. It sets out the general rights and responsibilities of both landlord and tenant
  • A copy of the signed lease agreement must be given to the tenant within 21 days of signing
  • Inspection sheets (50.5 KB PDF) - must be completed and provided to the tenant at the start of a tenancy. This records the condition of the property both at the start and at the end of a tenancy
  • Landlords must lodge all bonds and bond guarantees, including any part payment, within two weeks of receiving the money. Agents have four weeks to lodge bonds and bond guarantees
  • Bonds can be lodged online or by submitting a bond lodgement form (84.3 KB PDF) to Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

Tenant responsibilities

The tenant is responsible to meet all conditions included in the lease agreement as well as:

  • pay rent in full when it's due
  • keep the property reasonably clean and free from health and fire hazards
  • not cause or allow damage to the property, either intentionally or through negligence
  • not allow the property to be used for illegal purposes
  • allow other neighbours and residents to live in comfort, peace and privacy
  • notify the landlord of any repairs or maintenance needed as soon as possible

Landlord responsibilities

The landlord is responsible to meet all conditions in the lease agreement as well as:

  • provide the property in a clean and reasonable state at the start of the tenancy
  • provide written or verbal instructions for domestic appliances in the property that need instruction - eg air conditioner
  • maintain the property to a reasonable standard and organise repairs - if not maintained the Housing Safety Authority can declare the property substandard and set a rent limit
  • give proper receipts and keep records of any money paid
  • allow tenants to live in reasonable peace, comfort and privacy in the property during their tenancy
  • pay council rates and taxes, including water sewerage charges
  • provide and maintain locks so that the property is reasonably secure
  • provide a copy of the signed lease agreement, the information brochure, and completed inspection sheets at the beginning and end of the tenancy
  • lodge bond money with Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

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Page last updated 24 September 2018

Provided by:
Attorney-General's Department
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Last Updated:
24/09/18
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