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Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (No. 82 of 1997)
Requested:  23 Jul 2014
Consolidated as at:  11 Jan 2005

20. Increase in rent

      (1) An owner, by written notice to the tenant, may increase the amount of the rent payable by the tenant in respect of residential premises if –

(a) the written residential tenancy agreement for those premises allows for an increase; or

(b) there is no written residential tenancy agreement for those premises.

      (2) A notice is to specify –

(a) the amount of the rent as increased; and

(b) the day from which the increase in the rent takes effect.

      (3) An increase in the rent may only take effect from a day that is –

(a) more than 60 days after the day on which the notice is given; or

(b) if the residential tenancy agreement commenced less than 60 days before the day on which the notice was given, more than 6 months after that commencement; or

(c) if rent has been previously increased, more than 6 months after the last increase; or

(d) [Section 20 Subsection (3) amended by No. 53 of 2003, Sched. 1, Applied:25 Sep 2003] if the Court makes an order under section 23(3), more than 6 months after the date of that order.

      (4) A notice operates to vary the residential tenancy agreement to the effect that the increased rent as specified in the notice is payable under the agreement from the day specified in the notice.


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