As the impacts of COVID-19 began ramping up around March / April 2020, the NSW Government announced temporary measures to restrict when landlords can evict tenants due to rental arrears as a result of COVID-19. In addition, the Government increase the notice period for certain other cases for termination to 90 days.
These restrictions were originally due to end on 15 October 2020. They have now been extended until 26 March 2021.
A common topic of conversation with our investors is whether they should offer their property furnished or unfurnished. There are several factors which contribute to determining what is best in each particular instance, as we will cover below.
As of 1 July 2020, the rules have changed regarding how landlords must deal with items left behind in a rental property by a tenant. There are some quite significant changes from July to the rights of landlords and tenants when goods have been left behind, which we will detail below.
More than a week on from the NSW Government announcement outlining rental assistance measures due to COVID-19, we take a look at the current rental landscape and cover several frequently-discussed topics from conversations we’ve had with investors over the past few weeks.
It has been a long and difficult wait for landlords, tenants and real estate businesses alike over the past weeks as the economy has deteriorated significantly and many Government assistance measures have been announced.
Until recently, there had been next to no mention of how landlords, tenants, and real estate agencies should navigate this challenging time. Finally, clarity has been delivered via a media release from the NSW Government on Easter Monday 13th April.
Currently, for a landlord to be able to pass on water usage charges to a tenant, the residential property must be separately metered, the charges must not exceed the amount payable by the landlord (according to the water supplier’s bill or other evidence), and the property must meet water efficiency measures.
A rental property is only considered water efficient prior to 23 March 2020 if it meets the following standards:
As detailed in our post "What Are The Changes To Residential Tenancy Laws In NSW Which Start on 23 March 2020?", there are significant changes to NSW residential tenancy laws which come into effect from 23 March 2020.
One such change is that tenants will have improved clarity around their ability to make alterations, additions or renovations during their tenancy.
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