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How you had YourSay

The ACT Government is considering how to implement changes that will improve tenancy laws, and has developed a consultation paper for community comment.

Thank you to the Canberrans who provided feedback in writing on the questions set out in the Consultation Paper.

Shorter summary pages on each of the reform topics were prepared for those who wanted a quicker overview of the key issues. These summary pages include:

You had your say by:

  • completing the feedback form
  • providing a submission via email to civilconsultation@act.gov.au.

Comments closed on Friday 15 October 2021. The feedback is being considered by the ACT Government and a Listening Report will be published on the feedback to the Consultation Paper.

We are looking at

The ACT Government is considering a range of reforms to prevent landlords from ending leases without cause, make the ACT rental market more transparent, support renters to grow their own food and set minimum standards for rental properties.

Currently, landlords can evict a tenant on a periodic lease with six months' notice without providing a reason. If no cause evictions are banned, tenants will be in a better position to assert their rights, without fear of being evicted.

However, to enable landlords to manage their properties effectively, removing no cause evictions may mean their need to be new 'with cause' grounds for evictions introduced. The Government is seeking views on new proposed grounds for evictions and other related protections.

Restricting rent bidding is also being considered. Currently, prospective tenants can offer or be asked to offer more than the advertised price for a rental property. There are varying views on whether this is acceptable, or unfair to prospective tenants.

Another change being considered is whether renters' rights to grow food and to compost food waste should be strengthened, and what conditions should be in place to protect landlords.

The fourth reform being considered is what minimum standards should be set to meet basic levels of safety, amenity and sanitation in rental properties and how these should be implemented.

We will use your views to

Comments we receive from the community will guide the ACT Government's approach to developing and implementing changes to rental laws.

Consultation has closed on the Consultation Paper, and a Listening Report will be published. This Report may include submissions received unless privacy has been requested.

Disclaimer:

Please note the Justice and Community Safety Directorate retains the right to withhold input from publication if it believes the content is defamatory, offensive, contravenes anti-discrimination or anti-vilification law or otherwise breaches any law.