The Landlord is Obliged To...

  • complete and provide 2 signed inspection sheets and a copy of this information brochure to the tenant at the commencement of the tenancy;
  • provide the tenant with a copy of the lease agreement if the landlord has required the tenant to sign a written agreement.
  • provide the premises in a clean and reasonable state;
  • give proper receipts for any money received from the tenant. If the tenant pays rent into an account that is kept by the landlord or agent at a financial institution and the landlord or agent keeps a written record containing the information normally required on a receipt, a receipt does not have to be given to the tenant;
  • keep proper records of rent received during the tenancy;
  • pay council rates,and land tax charges;
  • pay charges for water usage and supply as agreed between the landlord and the tenant.

In the absence of an agreement the landlord is responsible to pay for water usage up to 136 kilolitres per year – any amount above this is the responsibility of the tenant.

If there are multiple properties on one meter, a special clause must be included in the lease agreement outlining how water charges are to be determined. Sewerage charges and any levies are always the responsibility of the landlord;

  • maintain and repair the premises (having regard to their age, character and prospective life);
  • allow the tenant peace, comfort and privacy;
  • provide and maintain locks to ensure the premises are reasonably secure.