Tenancy advice

Empower yourself

Reading about the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) to learn more regarding your rights and responsibilities as a renter. Information is available in other languages at either Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) or the Tenants Union of Victoria (TUV).

Applying for properties

Consumer Affairs Victoria has detailed information about preparing an application, calculating rent and discrimination in renting.

You may be asked to provide the details of a contact person at the University as a course co-ordinator. This practice is not appropriate because:

  1. Many newly-arrived students searching for housing before semester start will neither have enrolled, nor had any contact with their lecturers/course co-ordinators.
  2. The Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) also means that University staff are unable to confirm a student’s enrolment with a third party (such as a real estate agent or landlord). Further information on the University’s Privacy Policy can be found at: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/unisec/privacy/privacypolicy.html

You should however provide evidence that you will be a student at The University of Melbourne e.g. a copy of your letter of offer.

Types of agreements

It is important you know what type of rental arrangement you are in, as this determines your legal rights and responsibilities.

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