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Law about goods left behind in rental property has changed

From 29 March 2021, if a renter leaves valuable goods behind when they leave, the rental provider must take reasonable steps to notify the former renter and store them for 14 days.

From 29 March 2021, if a renter leaves valuable goods behind when they leave, the rental provider must take reasonable steps to notify the former renter and store them for 14 days. A fee may be charged if the goods prevent the rental provider from renting out the property during this time. The fee will be one day's rent for each day the goods are left.

The former renter can apply to extend the storage period by applying to VCAT. At the end of the storage period the rental provider may sell or dispose of the goods. They can keep occupation fee and costs associated with sale. The former renter then has 6 months to reclaim the balance.

Personal documents must be kept for at least 90 days and may charge reasonable costs for removal and storage of these.

These changes apply to rooming houses, caravan parks and site parks as well as residential rentals.

See Part 11—Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

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