Information for Landlords and Grantors 

This information is current as of 11 May 2022 and will be updated if the Commonwealth Government or the ACT Government announce new measures or changes.

In response to COVID-19, a number of temporary changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (the Act) were introduced on 2 September 2021. These changes have now ended, and the Act is operating as normal.

Background

In response to the ACT going into lockdown in August 2021, the ACT Government put in place emergency residential tenancy response measures through the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Declaration 2021 (No 3) (the declaration) on 2 September 2021.

The declaration introduced temporary measures to protect households that were financially impacted by COVID-19 due to lost hours of work. The measures included an eviction moratorium, (in place from 2 September to 24 November 2021) and post moratorium transitional support measures (in place from 25 November 2021 to
11 May 2022).

Further information for tenants can be found here.

Where can I go for help?

Advice for Landlords

The Small Business Clinic at Legal Aid ACT is a free service that operates between 2pm and 5pm, by telephone appointment only, every Thursday. It provides small business operators with free information and advice regarding their business. This service may be able to provide advice to landlords. To book an appointment, you can contact the Legal Aid ACT Helpline on 1300 654 314 or find out more information on their website here.

Landlords may need to seek private legal advice if in doubt about their rights and obligations.

Relevant Legislation

To access the relevant legislation, click on the links below:

Residential Tenancies Act 1997