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Rent

Rent payments and receipts

Image indicating new information Rent bidding

Rent bidding is where real estate agents or property owners solicit a higher than advertised rent from prospective tenants.  There are two types of rent bidding: 

  1. Rental auction - prospective tenants are invited to make offers of rent payable; or
  2. Rent bracketing - prospective tenants are encouraged to bid within a certain price range or above the advertised price.

Property owners and agents must: 

  • advertise rental premises at a fixed price; and
  • must not invite prospective tenants to make an offer to rent at a price higher than the advertised fixed price.

If you identify with or have experienced rent bidding, you can report a possible breach by lodging a complaint with this office.

Rent increases

Image indicating new information From 1 October 2015 rent can only be increased 12 monthly regardless of the date the agreement is signed.

  • 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.
  • If your residential tenancy agreement was signed, extended or renewed after 1 October 2014, rent can only be increased:
    • 60 days after written notice of the increase is given; and
    • 12 months after the date the tenancy started or was extended or renewed, the last rent increase or an order from a magistrate relating to rent.
  • If your residential tenancy agreement was signed, extended or renewed before 1 October 2014, rent can only be increased:
    • 60 days after written notice of the increase is given, and
    • 6 months after the date the tenancy started or was extended or renewed, the last rent increase or 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; and
    • day on which the increase begins.

Unreasonable rent increases

If a tenant thinks a rent increase is unreasonable and need advice, they can: 

  • contact  Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading on 1300 654 499; or
  • email consumer.affairs@justice.tas.gov.au or 
  • Complete an Online Complaint form to have unreasonable rent increases reviewed by the Residential Tenancy Commissioner.  The Commissioner may compare the rent increase with rent charged for similar properties in a similar location.

Rent payments

  • The tenancy agreement will specify a payment period when the 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.
  • A security deposit (bond) cannot exceed 4 weeks rent.
  • The payment period can only be changed if both the tenant and the 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. Information on terminating an agreement is available

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 rental property; and
    • amount received.

Rent arrears (behind in rent)

  • If a tenant(s) fails to pay rent by the due date:
    • A Notice to Vacate can be served on the tenant(s) by the property owner/agent.
    • The tenant(s) have 14 clear days to pay all rent owing.
      • An example of 14 clear days would be a Notice served on the 1st of the month advising the tenant to vacate the premises by the 16th of the month.
    • 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 then claim the rent arrears from the bond.