One of the significant changes to the Residential Tenancies Act is that the government now has greater powers to prosecute landlords whose property breaches basic housing standards. This covers issues such as dampness, sanitation, electrical safety, security, drainage and maintenance.
A new Tenancy Compliance & Investigations Team has been set up to monitor and enforce compliance with the Residential Tenancies Act. They can use a number of interventions and enforcement options to ensure that landlords comply with their obligations under the Act. The new team is also able to act on behalf of a tenant in the Tenancy Tribunal and District Court. Landlords are running a business and Tenancy Services expects landlords to meet their obligations.