If you live in a private rental, you have rights and responsibilities like every tenant.
These rights include the right to: have your home fixed if something breaks; not be evicted for no reason; and have proper heating. Tenant rights can differ on a state-by-state basis.
Your responsibilities include: paying your rent on time in advance; not damaging the home; not breaking the law at the property; and ensuring any modifications are made with permission.
Landlords also have responsibilities to you, and these responsibilities include undertaking emergency repairs so you can live in a liveable home.
To find out more about tenants’ rights in your state you can contact:
- Legal Aid ACT Tenancy Advice Service in Australia’s Capital Territory on 1300 402 512
- Tenants’ Union of NSW on 1800 251 101 or at firstname.lastname@example.org in New South Wales
- Tenants Victoria Tenants Advice Line on weekdays on (03) 9416 2577 or at its email advice page
- Tenants’ Union of Tasmania on 1300 652 641
- Tenants Queensland weekdays and Tuesday and Wednesday nights on 1300 744 263
- South Australian Tenants’ Information and Advisory Service (TIAS) weekdays on 1800 060 462
- Darwin Community Legal Service Tenants’ Advice Service (TAS) on 1800 812 953 in the Northern Territory
- TenancyWA Advice Line weekdays on 1800 621 888 in Western Australia.
Remember, if you are experiencing problems in your home, you can get help from a disability advocate or even file a complaint with police.
To speak to an advocate, email email@example.com or leave a voicemail at 1800 843 929. To speak with police, call the local number in your state or dial 000 in an emergency.