Tenancy in the ACT - What are my responsibilities as a tenant?

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You have certain responsibilities as a tenant which are placed on you by legislation and by the tenancy agreement which you sign. Your responsibilities include:

  • To pay the rent as agreed;
  • To take care of the premises and not cause a nuisance or annoyance to your neighbours;
  • Not to use the premises for an illegal purpose and to observe the valid terms of the tenancy agreement;
  • To allow the landlord or agent reasonable access to the premises in accordance with the standard terms and the RTA;
  • To repair any damage negligently or intentionally caused by you, your guests, pets or persons under your control (eg children, sub-tenants) or compensate the owner for the loss incurred; and
  • To notify the landlord of the need for repairs or maintenance.

Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of ACT

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