The Residential Tenancies Act 1999 (the Act) has now been operating for eighteen years. In that time there has been a shift in rental patterns away from the traditional view of renting as a short-term pathway towards home ownership, to one where tenants are renting for longer periods. Legislation such as the Act will not, on its own, drive the cultural shift needed to adapt to the emerging changes in the rental market. With the Territory having the highest average weekly rent and the highest level of people renting Australia, those changes will need ‘buy-in’ from all participants – landlords, their agents, and tenants. The Act can, however, continue to provide a guiding framework for interactions between landlords and tenants.
This Discussion Paper covers 36 broad issues of reform and is divided into three parts. Part A considers stakeholder comments on the 2010 Issues Paper. Additional issues raised in stakeholder submissions to the 2010 Issues Paper are discussed in Part B, and issues arising since 2010 are discussed in Part C. This Overview provides a high-level outline of the issues assessed in this Paper and the recommendations and questions from that assessment. Parts A to C provides more detailed technical discussion.