Tasmanian tenants get minimum standards – congratulations!!!

Reprinted from Tenants’ Union of Tasmania’s e-newsletter Rent Rant Spring edition 2013

Tenancy Bill Gets Through Upper HouseTUT

Tasmania will be the first state or territory to have legislated minimum standards for residential tenancies, following the successful passage of the Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill (Tasmania) through the Upper House last Thursday.

The proposed minimum standards listed below went through unscathed but not without much discussion and some dissent. The standards require all tenanted properties to be:

  • Weatherproof and structurally sound
  • Clean and in good repair • Equipped with bathroom and toilet
  • Serviced with a kitchen sink, hotplates and an oven (which can be a microwave)
  • Supplied with electricity and one fixed form of heating
  • Provided with curtains (except properties owned by Housing Tasmania)
  • Adequately ventilated

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