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Rent Increase Agreement

Also see Increasing Rent page

In a fixed term tenancy you cannot increase the rent unless stated otherwise on your tenancy agreement signed by both you and the tenant at the start of the agreement.

You can provide for pre-arranged rent increases by putting a special clause in the written agreement with your tenant at the start of the tenancy. For example: “After six months the rent will increase by $10 a week to $220 per week from…,  etc.”

If a fixed term tenancy agreement is about to expire and you wish to increase the rent for the new tenancy agreement it is a good idea to warn your tenant of the increase weeks before signing the new lease, so you can start looking for new tenants if your tenant does not accept the proposed increase (ensuring you give the correct ‘notice to vacate’ applicable to your state).

You cannot propose excessive rent increases as a way of getting rid of your tenant! If the tenant thought this was the case, they could take the matter to the Tribunal or a Magistrates Court for a ruling.

If the rent is increased, the Landlord may ask the tenant to increase the bond / security deposit. You must provide the tenant with notice in writing and the total bond / security deposit must not exceed four week’s rent.

If notice is issued via post, an additional four days for postal delivery period is necessary.

The written notice must clearly state the increased amount and the date the increase becomes effective.

You must give the tenant written notice of the intended increase:

NSW: 60 days required. Click here to download Model Rent Increase Notice

QLD: Rent cannot be increased unless there has been at least 6 months since the last increase, no matter what type of agreement tenants are on. Lessors and agents must give tenants 2 months written notice of a rent increase during an agreement. This can be in the form of a Rent Increase Letter.

VIC: 60 days notice required. You cannot increase the rent more than twice a year and at least six months must be between each increase. Use a Notice of Rent Increase to Tenant/s of Rented Premises Form

WA: 60 days notice required. An increase in rent is not allowed less than six months after the commencement or extension of the agreement, or when the rent was last increased. Use Notice to Tenant of Rent Increase pursuant to Section 30 (form 18)

NT: 30 days notice required. An increase in rent is not allowed less than six months after the commencement or extension of the agreement, or when the rent was last increased. Use Notice of Rent or Bond Increase Rorm (RT10)

TAS: 60 days notice required. An increase in rent is not allowed less than six months after the commencement or extension of the agreement, or when the rent was last increased. Click here to download Rent Increase Letter.

SA: 60 days notice required. An increase in rent is not allowed less than six months after the commencement or extension of the agreement, or when the rent was last increased. Use a Notice to Tenant of Rent Increase Form