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Making minor changes in a rental property

Wednesday 29 Jul 2020

Tenants can install fixtures or make alterations, additions or renovations if they have the landlord’s written consent, or if the tenancy agreement permits it. If the tenant’s request for a fixture or alteration, addition or renovation is of a ‘minor nature’ then the landlord must not unreasonably withhold consent. The tenant must pay for the fixture they install or for any alteration, renovation or addition to the property that they make, unless the landlord agrees other ....

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Covid-19 Update

Wednesday 06 May 2020

In these uncertain times, we wanted to keep you informed about what we are doing at Moshav Realty to protect our clients and staff’s health and wellbeing. As the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to ensure that we take measures to mitigate the spread of the virus to ensure the safety of our clients, particularly the elderly and immunocompromised. We will continue the following procedures to reassure clients and consumers that we are ....

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New Smoke Alarm obligations for Landlords

Wednesday 19 Feb 2020

From 23 March 2020, all NSW landlords will need to ensure that smoke alarms installed in the rented property are in working order. A penalty will apply for landlords who fail to comply. The details on when a landlord must repair or replace a battery-operated or hardwired smoke alarm, and when a tenant may repair or replace a smoke alarm, is in the new Regulation. The existing provision that allows landlords to enter the property without consent has been extended to specifically include inspectin ....

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Sweeping changes to NSW Residential Tenancy Laws set to take effect in March 2020

Friday 20 Dec 2019

The NSW Office of Fair Trading has announced sweeping changes to the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Review) Act 2018 [NSW] and the Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019 [NSW]. These changes will come into effect on 23 March 2020. “Significant changes are coming which will affect property managers, landlords and tenants,” said Leanne Pilkington, REINSW President. Some of the reforms include: Rent increases must be limited to once per year during a periodic a ....

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Have your say on changes to community schemes laws

Tuesday 10 Dec 2019

The NSW Government is modernising community schemes laws to give residents and commercial occupants more flexibility and better governance. Be part of the current public consultation and have your say on two draft Bills.The Bills rewrite the laws, align them with the major reforms made in strata schemes laws in 2015 and incorporate feedback from the implementation of the strata laws:  Community Land Management Bill 2019  Community Land Development Bill 2019.  Commun ....

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Smoke Alarms

Monday 24 Jun 2019

Under Division 7A of Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, smoke alarms must be installed in all buildings in NSW where people sleep. The smoke alarms must meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS 3786, Smoke Alarms. These provisions came into effect on 1 May 2006.   By law, at least one smoke alarm should be installed in a hallway outside a bedroom or other suitable location in each storey of a rented home. Tenants are not allowed to remove or interfer ....

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Strengthened tenancy laws for victims of domestic violence

Wednesday 27 Feb 2019

New tenancy reforms which improve and strengthen the protections for victims of domestic violence living in a rented property start on 28 February 2019. The domestic violence reforms represent some of the most significant changes to NSW tenancy laws for victims and survivors of domestic violence living in a rented property. The reforms are part of a package of tenancy amendments following the statutory review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (the Act). What are the new domestic vi ....

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