Schedule of changes

REIV has been working directly with Government on the RTA Amendments from the initial design stages through to development of the Regulations. However, while successful in delaying the implementation date of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 due to COVID-19, the amendments are now to be introduced by 29 March 2021. 

Although REIV may not support all the amendments that are now in the Act, we are now focused on ensuring that the Victorian real estate sector is well prepared to effectively implement the Regulations as they come into effect. 

The effective dates of the various changes are listed below in chronological order. We will continue to update this page as further changes are announced. 

The RTA now applies to fixed term tenancy agreement of any length. Previously the only fixed agreements covered by the RTA were those of 5 years or less. The changes which have now been incorporated in the RTA can be found in the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-term Tenancy Agreements) Act 2018.

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The Residential Tenancies Regulations 2008 were replaced by the 2019 version.

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The prescribe agreement for fixed term tenancies of more than 5 years became available. It can be found as Form 2 in Schedule 1 of the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2019.

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Rooming house proprietor may apply to the Director CAV to restrict public access to information about the address of the rooming house.

See Section 142KA of the Residential Tenancies Act.

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In new tenancy agreements increases can be no more frequently than 12-monthly, rather than six-monthly.

Six monthly increases will only be allowed for:

  • existing fixed term tenancy agreements of less than five years, and
  • existing periodic tenancy agreements

entered into before 19 June 2019.

Use the updated notice of rent increase available on the CAV site from that date.

The prescribed renting guide – Renting a home: a guide for tenants can be provided electronically to tenants who have consented to receive information in this way.

Renting Guide

Specialist disability accommodation is funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

To receive funding to live in SDA, residents must have either:

  • extreme functional impairment that requires an SDA response, or
  • very high support needs and an SDA response is appropriate.

SDA providers have six months in which to get appropriate agreements in place.  They must make sure their accommodation meets NDIS requirements and is enrolled with NDIS. 

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The Department of Justice and Community Safety has released proposed regulations to support the new RTA, together with a Regulatory Impact Statement.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety has released proposed regulations to support the new RTA, together with a Regulatory Impact Statement. You can access these here.

The consultation window is now open till 18 December. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the documentation released. Over the next few weeks, we will gather Member feedback to help prepare the REIV submission on the matter. Any initial feedback may be sent to [email protected].

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Follow the link below to download REIV’s response to the Regulatory Impact Statement - Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020

Download REIV RIS Submission

ew Pets Legislation

Refer to the link below for REIV's media release on the early launch of the pets legislation. 

Read Media Release 

Follow the link below to access the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021

Access the Regulations

Follow the link below to see implementation process on Consumer Affairs Victoria website
Renting Law Changes