In 2013 a bill amendment was passed that makes dozens of amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act South Australia. The bill came in operation in March 2014 and it has many property managers and landlords asking “How will the new residential tenancies act affect me?”
For our clients and landlords, nothing much changes. As your managers we will adjust to changes in relation to notice periods and ensure compliance in all cases. Access hours to properties will be restricted and a more uniform and stringent approach to notice of entry will be implemented (7-14 days).
One of the more frustrating changes for landlords and property managers alike is that instruction manuals will need to be provided for all appliances in rental properties, including old appliances. This could pose several issues for partly or fully furnished properties.
We will also need to treat abandoned goods and “bad tenants” more carefully. Strict rules regarding entering bad tenants onto databases will apply and accurate records of abandoned goods need to be kept, to avoid fines of up to $2,500.
We believe it is unfortunate that again the law will be further skewed in favour of the tenant and will not provide any extra protection for our landlords. BLOC Property would have liked to have seen better rules around pursuing rental arrears by shortening the period of time before we can issue notices to pursue the tenant, and the allowance for increased bond when pets are being allowed into properties.
You can view a summary of the changes listed by Consumer and Business Services BY CLICKING HERE.