What are the duties for tenants?
The following list shows a tenant’s duties under the Act. According to those duties, a tenant must:
- not cause a nuisance or interfere with the peace, comfort or privacy of a neighbouring tenant
- keep the property in a reasonably clean condition
- not damage the property or common areas
- not add fixtures (such as picture hooks) or make alterations to the property without the landlord’s consent
- restore the property to its original condition before moving out if additions or alterations have been made
- provide the landlord with a key when changing or adding a lock to an external door or window
- allow the landlord entry to the property when they have given proper written notice.
If your landlord believes that you haven’t met one or more of your duties under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, they can give you a Breach of Duty Notice.
A breach of duty notice is formal notice that you must stop ‘breaching your duty’ as a tenant and/or pay compensation within 14 days of receiving the notice. If you don’t, the landlord may apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an order that you do so.