The NSW Government has conducted a review into the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (‘the Act’) as per statutory requirements. The report has recommended that tenants should be able to exit a leasing agreement more easily in cases where they have been a victim of domestic violence from a co-tenant. The review also reviewed the rights and obligations of co-tenants, arguing for clearer terms and protections for occupants of share households under an amended enactment.
The review also recommends that any amendment to the Act will better define the interest paid on bonds, water and utility charges, the way repairs are dealt with and a shift to online submission and databases for rental bonds, tenants, and notices.
An amendment bill will be lodged to parliament in early 2017.