When the NSW government brought in its raft of changes to tenancy laws at the end of last year, the headline grabbing issues were new provisions to protect the victims of domestic violence and limit rent rises in “periodic” or rolling leases to one a year.
In your AFR Weekend article last Saturday, you state that Victoria’s last tenancy law changes did not address ending “no grounds” terminations. I am informed by Consumer Affairs Victoria that this is incorrect.
In September 2018, the Victorian Parliament passed the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018, which included more than 130 reforms to residential tenancy laws. Implementation of the full package of reforms will occur by 1 July 2020.
The reforms include:
abolishing the ‘no specified reason’ notice to vacate for periodic tenancy agreements, and
restricting the ability of a landlord to issue an ‘end of fixed term’ notice to vacate to the end of the initial fixed term of a tenancy agreement, by abolishing use of the notice for any subsequent fixed terms.