Making Renting Fairer For All Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is taking another step towards making renting fairer for all Victorians, with new rules to ensure every rental property meets basic standards.

With more than one in four people renting in Victoria, it’s crucial that basic amenities such as hot and cold water in the bathroom and laundry, functioning ovens, stovetops and sinks in the kitchen, a permanent – and working—heater in the living room, are available to all tenants. In the Hawthorn electorate, 39% of homes are rented, which is an increase of 11% compared to the state-wide average, so as your local Member it is important to me that our Government ensures renters do not live in sub-standard homes.

These minimum standards are the things most people would reasonably expect in a house – and most rental properties already have them – but we are now enshrining these standards in law with new regulations.

We are also increasing the ways in which renters can make their house feel like a home by setting out simple modifications they can make to their rental property.

Further detail will be in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021, which will be mandatory from 29 March 2021.