There are eight steps detailed below which all tenants and landlords must follow if they find themselves in rent arrears.

On 1st August 2020, the Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 introduced new measures and protections for those facing rent arrears. Below is an 8-step process which outlines the new rules and requirements for both landlords and tenants. Failure to complete each step as set out below will lead to a Notice of Termination being deemed invalid.

Step 1: A landlord must issue a warning notice to the tenant to pay back the rent arrears
Step 2: Landlords must serve a copy of the written rent arrears warning notice to the RTB
Step 3: RTB will write to the landlord and tenant upon receipt of the warning notice
Step 4: Tenant provides consent to the RTB to assist them in obtaining MABS Advice
Step 5: Where applicable, the tenant completes and submits a Self-Declaration form to the RTB and sends a copy to their landlord
Step 6: Service of Notice of Termination
Step 7: Landlords must serve a copy of the Notice of Termination to the RTB
Step 8: RTB will contact the tenant informing them of their resolution options

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