Renting privately

Starting a tenancy

Responsibilities for landlords and tenants are explained in the:

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

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

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).

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, including any part payment, within two weeks of receiving the money. Bonds can be lodged online or by submitting a bond lodgement form (141.1 KB PDF) to Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

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.


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Page last updated 4 July 2018

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Attorney-General's Department
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