Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
16 December 2015
Residential Tenancies Amendment
On 8 December 2015, the House of
Representatives referred the Residential Tenancies Amendment
Bill to the Social Services Select Committee for
consideration. The committee has to report back to the House
by 8 June 2016.
The bill would require landlords to
install smoke alarms and insulation in residential rental
properties. It would allow the Governor-General to make
regulations about these requirements.
The bill also seeks
to improve some Tenancy Tribunal mechanisms, such as by
enabling information to be collected from landlords,
investigation of alleged breaches of the Residential
Tenancies Act 1986, and advocacy for tenants in cases of
alleged serious or persistent breaches.
The committee has
resolved to publicly call for submissions. Submissions will
close at 5pm on Wednesday, 27 January
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