Advice is general in nature, consult a legal practitioner for your specific circumstances.

Rent increases

As part of the Covid-19 emergency laws, rent increases are banned. Rent cannot be increased at least until March 28.

Can my rent be increased?

No. The landlord is not allowed to increase the rent at any time from 29 March, 2020 to 28 March, 2021.

If you were given notice of a rent increase before 29 March, 2020, and it came into effect on 29 March or after, it is not valid. You do not have to pay the increased amount.

If the landlord is trying to make you pay a higher rent, report them to Consumer Affairs Victoria by calling 1300 558 181.

Can they give me a Notice of rent increase?

No. The landlord is not allowed to give you a Notice of rent increase at any time between 29 March, 2020 and 28 March, 2021. If you do get a Notice during this time it is not valid – even if the increase starts after 28 March, 2021.

Can I be evicted if I don’t pay the increase?

No. The law is very clear. While the COVID-laws are in place, your rent cannot be increased.

Can my rent be increased after the COVID-19 laws end?

The landlord can increase the rent after the COVID-19 laws end (28 March, 2021), but only according to the terms of your lease and the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. If the landlord gives you a Notice of rent increase after 28 March, 2021, and you don’t think the increase is reasonable, you can challenge it with Consumer Affairs Victoria.

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