Rent Arrears

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Are you behind in your rent?
Before you panic, make sure you understand your obligations and your rights.
Also see Factsheets
“Eviction in the ACT” and “Defending an Eviction”.

The Law in the ACT
Rent arrears processes are set out in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA). The terms of your tenancy are set out in the RTA and Standard Lease, and are known as the ‘standard terms’. Clauses referred to here are from the standard terms.
You are required to pay your rent on time, as detailed in your tenancy agreement (if there are no details in your agreement or you don’t have a written agreement, you can rely on whatever has been the accepted practice and period of payment). Generally the agreement will say how much rent is paid, how it will be paid, and when it is due.


Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of ACT

Further information and advice for ACT tenants can be sourced from