Signing the agreement

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Before the agreement is due to begin, your lessor, agent or provider must give you a copy of the proposed agreement.

Read the agreement carefully before you sign it. Seek advice if you are not sure about any parts of the agreement. You can negotiate the terms of the agreement with your lessor, agent or provider.

If you agree on any changes, make sure that they are recorded on the agreement. In residential tenancies, you have five days to sign and return the agreement. There is no time limit for residents in rooming accommodation.

Before you return the signed agreement, you should make a copy for your records. After you return the signed agreement, the lessor, agent or provider must sign the agreement and return a signed copy to you, within 14 days in residential tenancies, or three days in rooming accommodation.

It is an offence if the lessor, agent or provider fails to give you a written agreement, or fails to give you a copy of the agreement signed by both parties. If they do this, they could be fi ned.