What are the Owner’s Obligations Regarding Maintenance and Repairs?

Section 185 of the RTRA Act is clear and specific regarding Owners’ obligations to maintain the property throughout a tenancy.

RTRA ACT – SECTION 185 – Lessor’s obligations generally

(2) At the start of the tenancy, the lessor must ensure—

     (a) the premises and inclusions are clean; and

     (b) the premises are fit for the tenant to live in; and

     (c) the premises and inclusions are in good repair; and

     (d) the lessor is not in breach of a law dealing with issues about the health or safety of persons using or entering the premises.

(3) While the tenancy continues, the lessor—

     (a) must maintain the premises in a way that the premises remain fit for the tenant to live in; and

     (b) must maintain the premises and inclusions in good repair; and

     (c) must ensure any law dealing with issues about the health or safety of persons using or entering the premises is complied with; and

     (d) if the premises include a common area—must keep the area clean.