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Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (No. 82 of 1997)
Requested:  28 Jun 2017
Consolidated as at:  11 Jan 2005

25. Security deposits

(1) [Section 25 Subsection (1) amended by No. 49 of 2003, s. 11, Applied:25 Aug 2004] Except in the case of boarding premises, an owner may require a prospective tenant to pay an amount as security for the performance of obligations under a residential tenancy agreement.
(2) On receipt of the security deposit from the tenant, the owner must give to the tenant a written notice stating –

(a) the name of the tenant; and

(b) the amount deposited by the tenant as a security deposit; and

(c) the residential premises in respect of which it is paid; and

(d) the date on which the notice is given; and

(e) the name and address of the owner.


Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units.
(3) An owner must not –

(a) require or receive more than one security deposit in relation to one residential tenancy agreement; or

(b) require an amount as security deposit that exceeds 4 weeks' rent payable under the residential tenancy agreement.


Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

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