New tenancy legislation The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act (No. 2) was passed on 30 July 2019 which will:
limit tenants’ liability for careless damage in rental properties.
give the Tenancy Tribunal full jurisdiction over cases concerning premises that are unlawful for residential purposes, such as garages and sleep-outs, which don’t meet minimum requirements for renting.
protect tenants living in those premises under the Residential Tenancies Act.
give Tenancy Services the ability to take enforcement action against landlords who rent properties which don’t meet minimum standards.
allows for regulations to be made to address how contamination of rental properties is tested and managed.
There is more information about the RTA (2) changes here