Renters’ rights

Victoria’s rental rules have changed.

The changes included:

  • minimum standards for rental properties
  • changes to how repairs and modifications are managed
  • a ban on rental bidding
  • improvements to eviction protocols

VCOSS is playing a support and coordination role, making sure community support workers understand the changes, and have all the information they need to support renters to exercise their new rights.

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Renters’ Rights Rundown: three years on

The latest Renters’ Rights Rundown, on Wednesday 27 March 2024, took a look back on the significant reforms of the Residential Tenancies Act in 2021 and where we are today.

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Renters’ Rights Rundown: Rent increases

This session was recorded on Thursday, 14 September 2023.

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Renters’ Rights Rundown: Making sense of evictions

This session was recorded on Thursday, 22 June 2023

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Renters’ Rights Rundown: Renting and family violence

This session was recorded on Wednesday, 3 May 2023

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Renters’ Rights Rundown: Victoria’s renting rules

This session was recorded on Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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Past events

On 24 March 2021, VCOSS held ‘The Renters’ Rights Rundown: Victoria’s new renting rules’.

The session featured presentations, a panel discussion and audience questions in relation to the 130+ renting rule changes that came into effect, a couple of days later, on 29 March 2021.

Renting and family violence

This session was recorded in June 2021.

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New Rights for Young Renters

This session was recorded in June 2021.

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Key resources  

Information on Victoria’s renting laws  

Support for renters  

  • $250 power saving bonus – one off payment to Victorian households who looks for a better energy deal on the Victorian energy compare website. Click here for information on how to apply through a community sector organisation.  

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