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Types of general tenancy agreements
An agreement can be:
Holding deposits and tenancy agreements
Prospective tenants may be asked for a deposit to place a hold on premises they wish to rent. A copy of the proposed General tenancy agreement must be given to prospective tenants before they pay the holding deposit and a holding deposit can only be taken from one prospective tenant for each property.
About the General Tenancy Agreement (Form 18a)
Under the Act, tenancy agreements must be in writing. They must:
Lessor/agents may also identify a nominated repairer in the tenancy agreement to act on their behalf if emergency repairs are required.
Lessor/agent responsibilities when agreements are signed
The lessor/agent must also provide the tenant with:
The tenant then has three days to sign the Entry condition report and note any disagreements on the report. The tenant should return the signed Entry condition report to the lessor/agent who must then give a copy of the finalised report back to the tenant. The lessor/agent must keep a copy until at least one year after the tenancy ends.
The lessor/agent must complete and sign a Bond lodgement (Form 2)if a rental bond is charged for the tenancy, then lodge it and any bond money taken with the RTA within 10 days.
Lessor/agents who fail to provide their tenants with copies of the required paperwork face penalties underthe Act, as do tenants who fail to complete and return an Entry condition report.
Breaching the terms of a tenancy agreement
If either party to the agreement doesn’t act in accordance with the terms of the agreement, or the Act, it may be considered a breach. The Act outlines processes to follow when a breach has occurred, including possible ending of the agreement.