Beginning a Tenancy - Application Fees
Most residential tenancies in Tasmania are covered by the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (the Act). The Act sets out the rights and responsibilities for landlords and tenants, and applies to both public and private tenancies.
It is illegal for a landlord / agent to charge you a fee to submit an application to rent a residential property. If you have recently paid, or have been asked to pay an application fee you should report it to Consumer Affairs, as a landlord / agent can be fined up to $6000 for charging an application fee. In addition to application fees being illegal, the Act also prohibits a landlord / agent charging for providing keys to inspect a residential property, giving permission to inspect a rental property, supplying details of residential properties available for rent or placing a persons name on a waiting list.