In light of the recent heightened COVID-19 case numbers throughout NSW, new temporary measures have been put in place to support both tenants and landlords who are financially impacted as a result of COVID-19.
Specifically, these measures have been introduced to prevent financially impacted residential tenants from being evicted and to assist landlords who agree to renegotiate rent.
The latest information related to these residential tenancy support packages is found on the NSW Fair Trading website, while a summary is as follows.
In the current market we've seen an increase in the number of tenants wishing to end a tenancy before the end of a fixed term lease. This is often due to the tenants finalising purchase of a property to live in, a relationship breakdown, or some other change in circumstances.
In this article we discuss the misconception many tenants have around break fees, and our response to tenant requests to have the break fee waived.
In recent times we have seen an increase in online searches for information regarding whether a tenant is permitted to install security cameras in a rental property in NSW.
For all the of "less than clear" areas of NSW rental legislation, this particular question has actually been specifically addressed, although there are a number of conditions and a little research is required to see where!
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.
Among many residential tenancy law changes being introduced from 23 March 2020 in NSW, there are changes to mandatory break fees i.e. the compensation the tenant agrees to pay if they move out before the end of a fixed term lease agreement.
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.
Whenever we meet a new landlord, part of our conversation around preparing the property for the rental market includes a discussion of smoke alarm compliance and testing. Often, landlords may be unaware of their obligations, while others have a limited understanding of what appropriate smoke alarm testing and compliance entails.
In this post we discuss the primary elements of smoke alarm law in NSW as it impacts landlords, and address the question of whether landlords should feel satisfied with testing smoke alarms themselves.
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We are a family-owned and run Charlestown real estate agent offering expert property management across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.