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RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AMENDMENT ACT 2018 (NO. 45 OF 2018)


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Purposes  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Principal Act  

   PART 2--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO DEFINITIONS AND APPLICATION OF PRINCIPAL ACT

   4.      Purposes of Principal Act amended  
   5.      Definitions  
   6.      New sections 3A and 3B inserted  
   7.      Section 17 amended  
   8.      Minister may declare building to be a rooming house  
   9.      Application for exemption  
   10.     Order of Tribunal  

   PART 3--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES--RESIDENTIAL RENTAL AGREEMENTS

   11.     Section 26 amended  
   12.     Section 26A amended  
   13.     Invalid terms  
   14.     Section 27A amended  
   15.     New sections 27B and 27C inserted  
   16.     Section 29 amended  
   17.     New sections 29A and 29B inserted  
   18.     New Division 1A of Part 2 inserted  
   19.     Section 30 amended  
   20.     New section 30A inserted  
   21.     New Division 1B and Division 1C of Part 2 inserted  
   22.     What is the maximum bond?  
   23.     Not more than 1 bond is payable in respect of continuous occupation  
   24.     Condition report  
   25.     New section 35A inserted  
   26.     Condition report is evidence of state of repair  
   27.     Certain guarantees prohibited  
   28.     Maximum amount of certain guarantees  
   29.     Accrual of rent  
   30.     Limit on rent in advance  
   31.     Section 41 amended  
   32.     Where and how is rent to be paid?  
   33.     Receipts for rent  
   34.     Section 44 amended  
   35.     Section 49 amended  
   36.     Application and holding deposits  
   37.     Certain charges prohibited  
   38.     Section 52 substituted  
   39.     Section 53 amended  
   40.     New sections 53A and 53B inserted  
   41.     Section 54 amended  
   42.     New section 54A inserted  
   43.     Section 56 amended  
   44.     Section 57 amended  
   45.     Heading to Division 5 of Part 2 amended  
   46.     Section 61 substituted  
   47.     Section 62 substituted  
   48.     Section 63 substituted and new section 63A inserted  
   49.     Section 64 amended  
   50.     New Division 5A of Part 2 heading inserted  
   51.     Section 65 amended  
   52.     New section 65A inserted  
   53.     Section 66 amended  
   54.     Quiet enjoyment  
   55.     Section 68 amended  
   56.     New sections 68A and 68B inserted  
   57.     Section 69 amended  
   58.     Locks  
   59.     Locks for rented premises the subject of an intervention order  
   60.     New section 70B inserted  
   61.     New Division 5B inserted in Part 2  
   62.     New section 72AA inserted  
   63.     Urgent repairs  
   64.     Application to Tribunal for urgent repairs  
   65.     Application to Director to investigate need for non-urgent repairs  
   66.     Section 75 substituted  
   67.     New section 75A inserted  
   68.     What can the Tribunal order?  
   69.     Payment of rent into Rent Special Account  
   70.     Section 78 amended  
   71.     Section 79 amended  
   72.     Section 81 amended  
   73.     Section 84 amended  
   74.     Entry of rented premises  
   75.     Grounds for entry of rented premises  
   76.     Section 89 substituted  
   77.     New section 89A inserted  
   78.     What if damage is caused during entry?  
   79.     Offence relating to entering rented premises  

   PART 4--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO ROOMINGHOUSES--RESIDENCY RIGHTS AND DUTIES

   80.     Notice to resident of residency right  
   81.     New section 93A inserted  
   82.     Section 94 amended  
   83.     Harsh and unconscionable terms  
   84.     New sections 94AB, 94AC, 94AD, 94AE and 94AF inserted  
   85.     Consent required for increase in room capacity  
   86.     New Divisions 1B and 1C inserted in Part 3  
   87.     What is the maximum bond?  
   88.     Condition report  
   89.     New section 97A inserted  
   90.     Condition report is evidence of state of repair  
   91.     Limit on rent in advance  
   92.     New section 99A inserted  
   93.     Receipts for rent  
   94.     How much notice of rent increase is required?  
   95.     Resident's goods not to be taken for rent  
   96.     Separately metered rooms  
   97.     Section 109A amended  
   98.     Sections 110, 112 and 113 amended  
   99.     Section 114 substituted and new section 114A inserted  
   100.    Section 115 amended  
   101.    Resident must notify owner of and compensate for damage  
   102.    Sections 117, 118 and 119 amended  
   103.    New sections 120AA and 120AAB inserted  
   104.    Sections 120 and 121 amended  
   105.    Sections 122 and 123 amended  
   106.    Section 124 substituted  
   107.    Section 125 amended  
   108.    Duties relating to house rules  
   109.    Urgent repairs  
   110.    Application to Tribunal for urgent repairs  
   111.    Application to Director to investigate need for non-urgent repairs  
   112.    Section 132 substituted  
   113.    What can the Tribunal order?  
   114.    Payment of rent into Rent Special Account  
   115.    Access to room  
   116.    Resident has duty to permit entry  
   117.    What if damage is caused during entry?  
   118.    Offence relating to entering room occupied by resident  
   119.    Standards for rooming houses etc.  
   120.    Records of gas and electrical safety checks  
   121.    Unregistered rooming house  
   122.    Information to be included in Rooming House Register  
   123.    Inspection of Rooming House Register  
   124.    New section 142KA inserted  

   PART 5--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO CARAVAN PARKS AND MOVABLE DWELLINGS

   125.    Agreements  
   126.    New sections 144AA and 144AB inserted  
   127.    New section 144B inserted  
   128.    Caravan park owner to notify prospective resident of rights  
   129.    New Divisions 1A and 1B inserted in Part 4  
   130.    Payment of bond  
   131.    What is the maximum bond?  
   132.    Condition report  
   133.    New section 148A inserted  
   134.    Condition report is evidence of state of repair  
   135.    Limit on rent or hiring charge in advance  
   136.    New section 150A inserted  
   137.    Receipts for rent or hiring charge  
   138.    How much notice is required of rent or hiring charge increase?  
   139.    Resident's goods not to be taken for rent or hiring charge  
   140.    Section 161 substituted  
   141.    Resident's liability for electricity, gas and water charges  
   142.    Caravan park owner's liability for electricity, gas and water charges  
   143.    Owner's responsibility for charges for supply to non-complying appliances  
   144.    Owner must not seek overpayment for utility charges  
   145.    Sections 167, 169 and 170 amended  
   146.    Section 171 substituted and new sections 171A and 171B inserted  
   147.    Section 172 repealed  
   148.    Resident must notify owner of and compensate for damage  
   149.    Sections 174, 175, 176, 177 and 178 amended  
   150.    New section 178A inserted  
   151.    Duty of caravan park owner to maintain communal areas  
   152.    Maintenance and repair of caravans  
   153.    New sections 180A and 180B inserted  
   154.    Section 181 amended  
   155.    Statement of rights and copy of park rules  
   156.     Statement of scale of certain charges, fees and commissions  
   157.    Owner to give additional information  
   158.    Caravan park rules  
   159.    Duties relating to caravan park rules  
   160.     Urgent repairs to caravans  
   161.    New section 188A inserted  
   162.    Application to Tribunal for urgent repairs  
   163.    New section 189A inserted  
   164.    Application to Director to investigate need for non-urgent repairs  
   165.    New section 190A inserted  
   166.    Application to Tribunal for non-urgent repairs  
   167.    New section 191A inserted  
   168.    What can the Tribunal order?  
   169.    Payment of hiring charge into Rent Special Account  
   170.    Heading to Division 7 of Part 4 amended  
   171.    Transfer of residency right  
   172.    Sale of caravan  
   173.    Resident has duty to permit entry  
   174.    What if damage is caused during entry?  
   175.    Offence relating to entering a site or caravan occupied by a resident  
   176.    New Division 9 of Part 4 inserted  

   PART 6--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO SITE AGREEMENTS AND PART 4A DWELLINGS

   177.    New section 206BA inserted  
   178.    Site agreements to be in writing  
   179.    New section 206EA inserted  
   180.    Terms of site agreement  
   181.    New section 206FA inserted  
   182.    Site agreement consideration period  
   183.    New Divisions 1A and 1B inserted in Part 4A  
   184.    What is the maximum bond?  
   185.    Not more than one bond is payable in respect of continuous occupation  
   186.    Part 4A site condition report  
   187.    New section 206OA inserted  
   188.    Condition report is evidence of state of repair  
   189.    Certain guarantees prohibited  
   190.    Rent, fees and charges under site agreements  
   191.    New section 206SA inserted  
   192.    Limit on rent in advance  
   193.    New section 206TA inserted  
   194.    Receipts for rent  
   195.    How much notice is required of rent increase?  
   196.    Site tenant may complain to Director about excessive rent  
   197.    Site tenant's goods not to be taken for rent  
   198.    Section 206ZD substituted  
   199.    Site tenant's liability for electricity, gas and water charges  
   200.    Site owner's liability for electricity, gas and water charges  
   201.    Site owner must not seek overpayment for utility charges  
   202.    Site tenant's use of site  
   203.    Sections 206ZJ, 206ZK and 206ZL amended  
   204.    Section 206ZM substituted and new sections 206ZMA and 206ZMB inserted  
   205.    Section 206ZN repealed  
   206.    Site tenant must notify site owner of and compensate for damage  
   207.    Sections 206ZP and 206ZQ amended  
   208.    Site owner must give tenant certain information  
   209.    Part 4A site plans  
   210.    Sections 206ZT, 206U and 206V amended  
   211.    New sections 206ZVA, 206ZVB and 206ZVC inserted  
   212.    Duty of site owner to maintain communal areas  
   213.    Site owner to give additional information  
   214.    Site owner may make Part 4A park rules  
   215.    Amendment of Part 4A park rules  
   216.     New Division 7A inserted in Part 4A  
   217.    New section 206ZZBAA inserted  
   218.    Site owner's duties to site tenants committees  
   219.    Assignment by a site tenant  
   220.    Sub-letting by a site tenant  
   221.    Site owner cannot ask for fee for giving consent  
   222.    Sale of Part 4A dwelling  
   223.    Site tenant has duty to permit entry  
   224.    What if damage is caused during entry?  
   225.    Offence relating to entering a site occupied by a site tenant  

   PART 7--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO COMPENSATION AND COMPLIANCE

   226.    Definitions  
   227.    Breach of duty notice  
   228.    New section 209AAB inserted  
   229.    New section 210AA inserted  
   230.    Application to Tribunal for compensation order on other grounds  
   231.    Matters which may be considered by Tribunal  
   232.    New sections 211A and 211B inserted  
   233.    Orders of Tribunal  
   234.    Compensation for unpaid rent  
   235.    New sections 215A and 215B inserted  

   PART 8--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO TERMINATION

   236.    New Division 9 of Part 2 inserted  
   237.    New Division 10 of Part 3 inserted  
   238.    New Division 9 of Part 4 inserted  
   239.    New Division 11 of Part 4A inserted  
   240.    Part 6 repealed  

   PART 9--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO REGAINING POSSESSION--POSSESSION ORDERS AND WARRANTS

   241.    Section 322 substituted  
   242.    Application for possession order by mortgagee  
   243.    Section 327 repealed  
   244.    Order of Tribunal  
   245.    New section 330A inserted  
   246.    Order to be dismissed or adjourned in certain circumstances  
   247.    Order not to be made in certain circumstances  
   248.    New section 332A inserted  
   249.    Contents of possession order  
   250.    Division 2 of Part 7 repealed  

           Division 2--of Part 7 of the Principal Act is repealed.

   251.    Issue of warrant of possession  
   252.    Postponement of issue of warrant in certain cases  
   253.    Section 353 substituted  
   254.    Lapsing of possession order and lapsing or cancellation of warrant of possession  

   PART 10--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO VIOLENCE ON CERTAIN PREMISES

   255.    Manager may give person notice to leave—serious acts of violence  
   256.    Offence to give notice to leave or purported notice to leave without reasonable grounds  
   257.    Offence to remain on premises if given notice to leave  
   258.    Offence to re-enter premises during suspension  
   259.    Increase in penalty in section 372  
   260.    New section 372A inserted  
   261.    Tribunal must hear application urgently  
   262.    What can the Tribunal order?  
   263.    Offence to allow occupation of premises pending application or hearing  

   PART 11--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO GOODS LEFT BEHIND BY RENTERS, RESIDENTS AND SITE TENANTS

   264.    Definitions—Part 9  
   265.    What happens if personal documents are left behind?  
   266.    Reclaiming personal documents before disposal  
   267.    Disposal of certain goods left behind  
   268.    Sections 386, 387 and 388 substituted  
   269.    Sections 388A and 389 repealed  
   270.    Sections 391 and 392 substituted  
   271.    Section 393 repealed  
   272.    Purchaser takes good title  
   273.    Section 395 substituted and new section 395A inserted  
   274.    Sections 396, 397 and 398 substituted  
   275.    Sections 399 and 399A repealed  
   276.    What orders can the Tribunal make?  
   277.    Sections 402 and 403 repealed  

   PART 12--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO BONDS AND THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES BOND AUTHORITY

   278.    Definitions  
   279.    Bond lodgment form  
   280.    Duty to pay bond to Authority  
   281.    Receipt for bond  
   282.    Section 409 amended  
   283.    Section 410A substituted  
   284.    Payment of substitute bond  
   285.    Division 3 of Part 10 heading substituted  
   286.    Section 411 substituted  
   287.    Section 411A substituted and sections 411AB, 411AC, 411AD and 411AE inserted  
   288.    Section 411B amended  
   289.    Repeal of sections 412, 413A, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418 and 419  
   290.    New section 419A inserted  
   291.    Determination by Tribunal  
   292.    New sections 420A, 420B and 420C inserted  
   293.    Section 424 amended  
   294.    Section 425 amended  
   295.    Agent to produce authorisation on request  
   296.    Authority to record names  
   297.    Section 428 amended  
   298.    Residential Bonds Investment Income Account  

   PART 13--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL TENANCY DATABASES

   299.    Notice of usual use of database  
   300.    Notice of listing if database used  
   301.    Listing can be made only for particular breaches by particular persons  
   302.    Further restriction on listing  
   303.    Section 439G amended  
   304.    Ensuring quality of listing—database operator's obligation  
   305.    Providing copy of personal information listed  
   306.    Keeping personal information listed  
   307.    Application to Tribunal for removal or amendment of listing  
   308.    What can the Tribunal order?  

   PART 14--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO RENTAL NON-COMPLIANCE REGISTER

   309.    Orders of Tribunal  
   310.    New Part 10B inserted  

   PART 15--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO FUNCTIONS OF TRIBUNAL

   311.    Limits of jurisdiction of Tribunal  
   312.    General applications to the Tribunal  
   313.    General power of Tribunal to make determinations  
   314.    Review of certain determinations and orders  
   315.    New section 481 inserted  
   316.    Rent Special Account  

           Division 6--of Part 11 of the Principal Act is repealed.

   PART 16--AMENDMENTS RELATING TO ADMINISTRATION

   317.    Functions of Director  
   318.    New section 486A inserted  
   319.    Director may authorise payments for research etc.  
   320.    Sections 496, 497 and 498 repealed  
   321.    New Divisions 3 and 4 inserted in Part 12  
   322.    New Schedule 1A inserted  
           SCHEDULE 1A
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