South Australia’s rental laws are being updated to better meet the needs of today’s rental housing market, improve protections for renters and ensure landlords can continue to manage properties effectively.
We are inviting feedback from the public to help shape the laws and the rights and responsibilities of tenants, landlords, agents and property managers in SA.
Consultation as part of the review process opens on 15 November 2022 and closes at 5pm Friday 16 December 2022.
Consumer and Business Services will consider feedback provided from stakeholders and members of the public and will provide a final report to the State Government in the first quarter of 2023.
Issues for consultation
As part of the review process, feedback is invited on a range of issues including:
- Longer tenancies and the rules around ending or not renewing a lease
- The maximum bond amount
- Whether rent bidding should be illegal
- New requirements for rooming houses and share accommodation
- Renting with pets
- Housing standards and retaliation by landlords
- Tenants making safety modifications and minor changes in certain circumstances
- Limiting the amount of personal information required for rental applications
- Support for renters experiencing domestic violence
- Water bills and payment requirements
- Contaminated properties due to illegal drug activity
- Extra fees for rent payments via a third party
- Replacing some words in the legislation with more modern wording.
More information about the review of SA’s renting laws is available at https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/renting-law-reform
Have your say
To have your say about SA’s renting laws:
- Respond to the survey.
- Send written feedback to:
Residential Tenancies Review
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide, SA 5001
or via email to CBSReforms [at] sa.gov.au.