Signing your Rental Agreement

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Before you sign the tenancy agreement:

  • Your landlord must give you a copy of the unsigned document
  • Read it carefully and make sure you understand it.

Once the tenancy agreement has been signed, your landlord must give you a copy within 14 days.

Your landlord or agent must give you:

  • Their full name, address and telephone number, and (in the case of agents) fax number
  • An emergency telephone number that is accessible any time.

Your landlord or agent can be fined if:

  • They do not provide these details on or before the fi rst day of your tenancy agreement
  • They do not advise you of any changes to their contact details within seven days.

An agent, rather than the landlord, may manage your property directly. If this is the case, the agent must also provide you, in writing:

  • Details of who can authorise urgent repairs and the maximum amount
  • Telephone or fax numbers to be used for urgent repairs.

Tenants with children

In most circumstances, a landlord cannot legally refuse to rent a property to tenants with children. This is discrimination and is against the law.

For information about discrimination in accommodation, contact the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
(see Useful Contacts).

Pets

The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 does not make any mention of pets.

However, it may be possible to have a clause in a lease that bans pets that could harm the property, be a nuisance to neighbours, or break local government laws.

If you have a pet or intend to get one, you should let your landlord know as it may affect the landlord’s insurance.

If you keep a pet that has been causing damage or nuisance, you can be issued with a ‘Breach of Duty’ notice by the landlord.

If your pet has been found to be endangering the safety of neighbours, you may be given an immediate ‘Notice to Vacate’ by the landlord.

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