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Tenant Information

Renting a Home


When you rent a home in NSW and become a 'renter' or a 'tenant', knowing your rights and responsibilities will help you avoid or resolve differences you may have with your landlord, real estate agent, house-mates or neighbours.


The Office of Fair Trading manages the laws that govern your rights and responsibilities as a renter and can give you information to help you understand what these laws mean for you.


It is illegal in NSW for landlords and real estate agents to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, marital status, disability, age and sexuality. If you think you have been discriminated against when looking to rent a residential property, contact Fair Trading, a Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service or the Anti-Discrimination Board.


Starting a tenancy

During a tenancy

Ending a tenancy


Watch the Department of Fair Trading video about changes in tenancy laws


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