Tips for Tenants

Tenant and landlord obligations

As a tenant you are obliged to do the following:

    • Keep the property clean
    • Avoid damaging the property and inform the landlord ASAP if any damage is done.
    • Ask for permission to install fixtures or make alterations, renovations etc.
    • Avoid being a nuisance to the landlord or neighbours.
    • Not participate in anything illegal on the property.

Your landlord is obliged to:

  • Keep the premises in good repair.
  • Ensure the property is secure by making sure all doors have locks and windows are secure.
  • Immediately provide the tenant with a new key after changing any locks.
  • Avoid disturbing tenants unnecessarily.


Lease/tenancy agreements differ between states, so ensure you have the appropriate documentation for your state. Refer to the following websites for information on your rights and obligations:

  1. Australian Capital Territory
  2. New South Wales
  3. Northern Territory
  4. Queensland
  5. South Australia
  6. Tasmania
  7. Victoria
  8. Western Australia