The Office of Consumer and Business Affairs provides services to tenants and landlords/agents of residential properties and proprietors and residents of rooming houses in South Australia . The following information outlines the legislative rights and responsibilities in relation to the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 and Regulations.
The Office of Consumer and Business Affairs provides free information sessions which are tailored to meet the specific needs of landlords, property managers and tenants.
The tenant rents residential premises from a landlord. The tenant is given possession of the premises as the tenant's home, with the same rights of privacy, peace and quiet to which a home owner is entitled. The tenant must also abide by the requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act. The tenant must pay the rent on time, keep the premises clean, repair damage caused by the tenant or guests and abide with all the conditions included in the tenancy agreement. The tenant must also notify the landlord of any maintenance or repairs that are required to be carried out.
The tenant has an obligation to:
The landlord rents residential premises to a tenant. The landlord must abide by the requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act. One of these requirements is that the landlord must ensure the premises (and ancillary property) comply with health, safety and housing standards. The landlord must provide the premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness and repair and must maintain them (having regard to their age, character and prospective life). The landlord is to abide with all the conditions included in the tenancy agreement and supply agreed services.
The landlord has an obligation to:
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