How often can my rent be increased?
Your rent can’t be increased during your fixed-term lease agreement (unless stated otherwise in your contract).
However once your contract is up, you’ll move onto a periodic or rolling lease which does allow your rent to be increased depending on your state or territory laws.
|State/Territory||How often can rent be inceased?||Notice period to tenant|
|NSW||No limit||60 days|
|Qld, Vic, WA and NT||Once every 6 months||60 days|
|30 days (NT)|
|ACT, Tas and SA||Once every 12 months||60 days|
A landlord cannot increase the rent excessively.
ACT legislation specifies that a rent increase of more than 20% is deemed excessive. Other Australian states don’t have a defined percentage increase that would be deemed excessive. Tenants are still protected however that if you believe your increase is excessive, you can dispute this through your state’s civil and administrative service. There are a few considerations that can guide whether a rent increase is excessive or not
- Property condition and repairs (including landlord spend on R&M)
- Tenant contributions to upkeeping the property and financial investment
- How long it has been since the last increase
- Market rates for similar properties in your area
- Percentage increase proposed