Tenancy in the ACT - Are there any up front charges?

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By law, only the bond and rent in advance can be charged on entering a tenancy (RTA s 15, and STT cl 24).

The amount of bond cannot exceed four week’s rent (cl 16), and the amount of rent in advance cannot exceed one calendar month (cl 28).

Other charges, such as key money, inspection fees, tenancy agreement preparation costs and the like are illegal (RTA s 15 (1) and STT cl 24).


Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of ACT

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