Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Temporary changes to Victoria’s laws on renting homes. Find out more

During your tenancy
Learn about your rights at home, who pays the bills, and what you can about problems with rent payments or increases.

Rent increases

The landlord cannot increase your rent, or give you a Notice of rent increase, between 29 March 2020 and 28 March 2021.

See our COVID-19 guide for the latest changes to renting laws.

COVID-19 guide for renters

Overdue rent

If your pay is cut due to COVID-19, see our guide to rent reduction.

There are things you can do if you can’t pay your rent on time. Make sure you take steps before 14 days are up.

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Privacy and entry

You have the right to ‘quiet enjoyment’ of your home. What are your rights when it comes to the landlord or their agents coming into your home?

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Landlord is selling

What are your rights when your rented home is up for sale?

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Pets

Good news for renters and their furry friends. From 2 March 2020, landlords cannot unreasonably refuse pets. And from that date a ‘no pets’ clause in a lease is not valid.

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Utility charges

Learn who pays what, when it comes to bills for electricity, gas, oil, and water. 

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Family violence

Find out about rental protections if you or someone you know is affected by family violence. New laws in place now mean you can apply to change the names on a lease or start a new lease in your name.

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