Tenancy in the ACT - A General Guide

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Entering a tenancy in the ACT can involve substantial responsibilities. Make sure you protect your interests by being aware of your rights as well as responsibilites.

Become an equal partner in the landlord/tenant relationship.

What does the law say?
The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) regulates residential renting arrangements including private, public and community tenancies in the ACT. This legislation provides a framework of basic protections for tenants that can't be taken away. The RTA sets out ‘standard tenancy terms’ (STTs) that apply to all tenancy arrangements, and are in the Standard Lease.

Most leases include the standard tenancy terms. However, all tenancy agreements are deemed to contain the STTs, so they apply to you whether they are provided in your agreement or not. It is in your interest to understand these protections and rights so that you can enjoy your home, and get proper value for the rent you pay.

Tenancy disputes can be resolved in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT). Any party to a tenancy agreement – tenant or landlord – can apply to have their matter heard by ACAT.


Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of ACT

Further information and advice for ACT tenants can be sourced from