Residential Tenancies Act review
Following a public consultation process and a review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (NSW), NSW Fair Trading released a report in late June 2016.
As a statutory review, there was no imperative for Fair Trading to revisit the policy intentions upon which the Act was based. Despite this, their consultation paper raised questions such as how and why tenancies should be brought to an end, whether current provisions around rent increases are fairly set, and whether the Act strikes the right balance between the interests of landlords and tenants in New South Wales. The Tenants’ Union of NSW (‘TUNSW’) made strong submissions on these points, as did many other organisations and individuals with an interest in tenants’ rights. But these discussions have been left unresolved.