The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) regulates public and private residential tenancies in the ACT.
This legislation provides a framework of basic protections for tenants which can't be taken away by the standard tenancy agreement you sign, or by private agreement between the lessor and tenant.
It is in your interests as a tenant to understand these protections and rights so that you can enjoy your tenancy, and get proper value for the rent you pay.
Never sign anything if you are not sure of its meaning.
Before the commencement of the tenancy agreement the agent or lessor must provide, or advise you of how to obtain, a copy of the Consumer Affairs Bureau booklet The Renting Book (you can download it from the Department of Fair Trading website). This booklet is a general guide to a person's rights and responsibilities as a tenant, property owner or real estate agent.
For more information visit ACT Office of Fair Trading or visit the Tenants' Advice Service web site which is a free advice service for ACT tenants. This service is operated by the Tenants' Union ACT in partnership with the Welfare Rights Legal Centre.