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Each state and territory in Australia has its own government agency and regulatory requirements that property owners acting as landlords must comply with. There are, however, some consistent elements needed for all lease agreements.

To get you started, here’s a handy reference guide to the 4 key elements you need for your next lease agreement:

New South Wales (NSW)


Office of Fair Trading – Phone 13 32 20

  1. Guide – to be provided to tenants prior to signing a lease
  2. Lease – to be completed and witnessed with tenants
  3. Bond – Register with Rental Bonds Online to access bond lodgement capability electronically or to download a paper-based form
  4. Condition report – to be completed by the tenant within 7 days of moving in

 

Queensland (QLD)


Residential Tenancy Authority – Phone 1300 366 311

  1. Guide – some of the basic rules of renting in Queensland
  2. Lease – to be signed prior to, or within five days of moving in
  3. Bond  –  download a paper-based bond lodgement form
  4. Condition report – to be completed at the start of the tenancy

 

Victoria (VIC)


Consumer Affairs Victoria – Phone 1300 55 81 81

  1. Guide – new tenant checklist and tenancy guide for Victoria
  2. Lease – to be signed and with no cooling off period
  3. Bond  – All rental bonds for properties in Victoria must be lodged with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority
  4. Condition report – to be completed at the start of the tenancy

 

Western Australia (WA)


Department of Commerce – Phone 1300 304 054

  1. Guide – Landlord and tenant guides for Western Australia
  2. Lease – Residential tenancy agreements
  3. Bond  – All rental bonds for properties in WA must be lodged via the BondsOnline system
  4. Condition report – to be completed at the start of the tenancy

 

South Australia (SA)


Consumer and Business Services – Phone 13 18 82

  1. Guide – Landlord and tenant brochure for SA along with landlord information to be provided to the tenant
  2. Lease – Residential tenancy fixed-term agreement
  3. Bond  – Register and lodge rental bonds online or using a paper-based form
  4. Condition report – to be completed at the start of the tenancy

 

Tasmania  (TAS)


Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading – Phone 1300 65 44 99

  1. Guide – The Rental Guide for landlord and tenant in Tasmania
  2. Lease – Ask us for a copy of a template residential tenancy agreement
  3. Bond  – Bonds may be lodged in person or via mail using a paper-based form
  4. Condition report – to be completed at the start of the tenancy

 

Northern Territory  (NT)


Consumer Affairs – Phone 1800 019 319

  1. Guide – Guide to renting in Northern Territory for landlord and tenants
  2. Lease – Ask us for a copy of a template residential tenancy agreement
  3. Bond  – Bonds paid to private landlords are held by them in trust
  4. Condition report – to be completed within 3 days of the start of the tenancy

 

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)


Access Canberra – Phone 13 22 81

  1. Guide – The Renting Book outlining tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities in the ACT
  2. Lease – Standard residential tenancy agreement
  3. Bond  – Bonds may be lodged via email or mail using a paper-based form
  4. Condition report – to be completed within 2 weeks of moving in

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