The Renting Book issued by the ACT Government runs to 68 pages. Image: Linda Xu, Unsplash
  • Landlords are obliged to assist Canberrans with receiving copies of the book
  • New edition doesn't include temporary measures introduced due to Covid

In light of updated legislation, The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has updated its Renting Book.

Under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, landlords are required to provide copies of the book to all tenants or at least advise where they can get a copy before the start of their tenancy.

“Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to live,” Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury said, adding that close to a third of Canberrans rent.

The Renting Book is 68 pages long and contains information ranging from what to do prior to, during and at the end of a tenancy.

Additionally, the Renting Book discusses how to deal with disputes, such as when to go to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) for renting-related issues.

Mr Rattenbury highlighted that given Canberra’s highly mobile workforce, copies should be readily available during the beginning of calendar and financial years.

“It will be a useful resource to tenants, including those moving to Canberra at the beginning of the year for study or work. The book will also help landlords and real estate agents to make sure that properties are managed appropriately and in accordance with the law.”

However, it should be noted measures introduced as a result of Covid won’t be featured in the Renting Book as these are only temporary.

“While the information in the Renting Book covers the main issues that may arise before, during and after a tenancy, it is a guide only and I would encourage all tenants to always read their tenancy agreement closely and seek legal advice if unsure about their rights or responsibilities,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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