The remainder of the most significant rental reforms in South Australia’s residential tenancy law history came into effect on 1 July 2024.

Approved in November 2023, the South Australia rental reforms are designed introduce more rights for renters while ensuring the rights of landlords are protected. In a time where renters are facing near record low vacancy rates, these changes will provide greater security for tenants.

Key reforms include a ban on rent bidding and ‘no cause’ evictions, allowing pets, minimum housing standards, limit on the frequency of rent increases, longer notice periods, and greater privacy and protection of tenants’ information.

South Australia rental reforms

The State’s tenancy law changes which came into effect on 1 July 2024:

  • Landlords need prescribed grounds to terminate or not renew a tenancy.
  • Removing blanket bans on pet ownership in rentals, tenants are allowed to have pets with clear guidelines.
  • Rental properties have to comply with minimum housing standards.
  • Additional options will be provided for victims of domestic violence.
  • New requirements around drug contamination and drug-related conduct.
  • Routine inspections are capped to four (4) per year.
  • Minor alterations or safety modifications will be allowed (removed at end of tenancy).
  • Energy and water efficiency standards for replacement or installed fixtures, fittings and appliances.
  • Tenants can directly lodge bonds online.
  • New registration scheme for designated rooming house owners.
  • More protections for rooming house residents.
  • Lease agreements may apply to granny flats.
  • New protections for water and electricity billing.

New South Australia rental reforms which were already implemented from late 2023:

  • More affordable rental bonds.
  • Ban on rent bidding.
  • Landlords are prohibited from requesting certain information from prospective tenants.
  • Protections relating to the storage of tenant information.
  • Frequency of rent increases limited to once in a 12-month period.
  • No unreasonable refusal of sub-letting and at no extra cost to a tenant.
  • New and tougher penalties under the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 and the Residential Parks Act 2007.

More information about these rental reforms are available on the South Australian Government website.

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