In brief - This is the fifth article in our five-part series on changes that come into effect on 29 March 2021 impacting landlords (rental providers)

Links to the other articles in the series can be found at the bottom of the page.

Notice of entry is now required to be given:

  • at least 48 hours prior to entry to show premises to prospective renters, lenders or buyers, or conduct an open inspection;

  • at least seven days prior to entry to produce advertising photos or videos, for valuation purposes or for general inspection if entry has not been made within the last 6 months for that purpose;

  • at least 24 hours prior to entry to carry out a duty under the Act or the rental agreement or if the rental provider believes that the renter is in breach of the Act or the rental agreement.

The rental provider only has a right of entry to show the premises to prospective renters or to conduct an open inspection within 21 days before the end of the rental agreement as set out in the notice to vacate or notice of intention to vacate. The rental provider or their agent may (unless otherwise agreed with the renter) show the property to prospective renters no more than  twice a week, and for no longer than one hour.

The rental provider only has a right of entry to show the premises to prospective buyers or to conduct an open inspection not less than 14 days after providing a notice of intention to sell in the prescribed form. The rental provider or their agent must make reasonable efforts to agree days and times for the inspections and (unless otherwise agreed with the renter) show the property to prospective renters no more than twice a week, and for no longer than one hour.

A renter may apply to VCAT for an order limiting when entry to the premises may occur.

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This is commentary published by Colin Biggers & Paisley for general information purposes only. This should not be relied on as specific advice. You should seek your own legal and other advice for any question, or for any specific situation or proposal, before making any final decision. The content also is subject to change. A person listed may not be admitted as a lawyer in all States and Territories. © Colin Biggers & Paisley, Australia 2021.

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