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Rent payments and receipts


Rent payments



  • The tenancy agreement will specify a payment period when rent is to be paid (eg fortnightly).
  • Rent for each payment period must be paid in advance.
  • The property owner/agent can only charge a maximum of 4 weeks rent in advance as a security deposit (bond).
  • The payment period can only be changed if both tenant and property owner agree.
  • A tenant cannot stop paying rent even if the property owner/agent is not keeping to the terms of the lease agreement (eg not doing repairs and maintenance). If the tenant believes the owner is breaching the lease agreement they may consider terminating the agreement. For more information on when and how an agreement may be terminated by a tenant see (need to link to terminating an agreement).


Rent receipts


  • If the tenant pays rent using cash or cheque the owner must give the tenant a receipt that states the:
    • date the rent was received;
    • payment period the rent was received for;
    • name of the tenant;
    • address of the premises for which the rent is paid;
    • amount received.



Rent increases


  • Rent can only be increased if there is a written tenancy agreement that allows for rent increases or if the agreement is not in writing.
  • Rent can only be increased:
    • 60 days after written notice of the increase is given and 6 months after the last rent increase (4 months plus 60 days); or
    • If the notice is given within the first 60 days of the tenancy, 6 months after a notice of an increase; or
    • 6 months after an order from a magistrate relating to rent.
  • The property owner can only increase the rent after giving the tenant notice, specifying the:
    • amount of the increase;
    • day on which the increase begins.


Unreasonable rent increases


  • If a tenant thinks a rent increase is unreasonable and need advice they can:
  • Unreasonable rent increases can be reviewed by a magistrate who may compare the rent increase with rent charged for similar properties in a similar location.


Rent arrears (behind in rent)


  • If a tenant(s) fail to pay rent by the due date:
    • a Notice to Vacate can be served by the agent/owner on the tenant(s).
    • The tenant(s) have 14 days to pay all rent owing.
    • If all money owing is paid, the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement continue.
      • This can only occur twice in a 12 month period. If a third notice to vacate for rent arrears is served in a 12 month period, the notice will take effect even if all the money owed is paid. The tenant(s) must leave the premises.
    • If the tenant does not pay the rent arrears by the due date, they must vacate the premises. The property owner may claim the rent arrears as a claim to the bond.