Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2010

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Reprint as at 1 October 2010

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2010

Public Act2010 No 95
Date of assent22 July 2010
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Department of Building and Housing.


1 Title

2 Commencement

3 Principal Act amended

Part 1
Amendments to principal Act

4 Interpretation

5 New section 4 substituted

6 Act excluded in certain cases

7 New section 5B inserted

8 Short fixed-term tenancies

9 Contents of tenancy agreement

10 New section 13AB inserted

11 Exceptions to requirements relating to tenancy agreements

12 Change of name or address

13 New sections 16A and 16B inserted

14 Requiring key money prohibited

15 New section 18A inserted

16 Duties of landlord on receipt of bond

17 Tenant may pay bond direct to chief executive with landlord's consent

18 New sections 22 to 22E substituted

19 Rent increases

20 New section 24A inserted

21 Market rent

22 New sections 28 to 28B substituted

23 Accelerated rent or damages prohibited

24 Tenant’s goods not to be seized

25 New section 39 substituted

26 Tenant’s responsibilities

27 Tenant’s fixtures

28 Assignment and subletting by tenant

29 Landlord’s responsibilities

30 Landlord’s right of entry

31 Circumstances in which tenancies are terminated

32 New section 50A inserted

33 Termination by notice

34 Special provisions for notice terminating service tenancies

35 New section 53A inserted

36 Tribunal may declare retaliatory notice of no effect

37 Termination on non-payment of rent, damage, or assault

38 Termination for other breach

39 Mortgagee or other person becoming entitled to possession

40 Destruction of premises

41 New section 59A inserted

42 New sections 60A to 60C inserted

43 Abandonment of premises

44 New sections 62 to 62F substituted

45 Entry without order of Tribunal prohibited

46 Possession order

47 Eviction of squatters

48 Reduction of fixed-term tenancy

New Part 2A inserted

49 New Part 2A inserted


Boarding house tenancy agreements

Rights and obligations of landlords and tenants

House rules

Landlord’s right of entry



50 Constitution of Tribunal

51 Term of office of Tenancy Adjudicator

52 Conduct of Tribunal and stationing of Tenancy Adjudicators

53 New section 72 substituted

54 Seal of Tribunal

55 Section 75 repealed

56 Tenancy Mediators

57 Jurisdiction of Tribunal

58 Orders of Tribunal

59 New section 83A inserted

60 New sections 86 and 87 substituted

61 Functions of Tenancy Mediators

62 Tenancy Mediator to observe confidentiality

63 New sections 91A and 91B inserted

64 Non-attendance at hearing after due notice

65 Right of audience

66 Proceedings usually to be in public

67 Tribunal may require inquiry and report by Tenancy Mediator

68 Costs

69 Enforcement of orders other than possession orders and work orders

70 Enforcement of work orders

71 Unlawful acts

72 New section 109A inserted

73 Failing to answer witness summons

74 Contempt

75 New heading and sections 112A to 112F inserted

Contact information for enforcement purposes

76 New section 113 substituted

77 Powers of entry of Tenancy Mediators

78 Rules of procedure

79 Appeal to District Court

80 General functions and powers of chief executive

81 Annual report

82 Residential Tenancies Trust Account

83 Tribunal or chief executive may require terms of tenancy agreement

84 Service of documents

85 New section 136A inserted

86 Regulations relating to other matters

87 Section 141 repealed

88 New Schedules 1 and 1A substituted

Part 2
Transitional provisions

89 Existing tenancies

90 Existing tenancies not affected by certain amendments

91 Application of certain provisions to existing tenancies deferred

92 Goods abandoned in case of tenancies terminated before relevant commencement

93 Boarding house tenancies

94 References to Part 2A to be disregarded before its commencement

95 References to Unit Titles Act 2010 before operation of that Act

96 Bond refund applications

97 Proceedings before Tribunal

98 Unlawful acts

New Schedules 1 and 1A substituted

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