Reimbursement of repair costs to a rental property

IMPORTANT changes to rental laws during COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency period

New laws have commenced which affect tenants, property owners and agents. Read about the COVID-19 Disease (Emergency Provisions) Act 2020 and the changes to:

  • Delaying evictions
  • Breaking leases due to severe hardship
  • Reducing rent
  • Repairs, maintenance and property inspections
  • COVID-19 residential tenancy emergency provisions

    If repairs are done by a suitable repairer (see Urgent Repairs  or Emergency Repairs ), the tenant should pay the invoice, and then give the owner:

    • a statement from the repairer about the cause of the need for repair and
    • a copy of the invoice and
    • a copy of the receipt of payment.

    The owner is to repay the tenant within 14 days after receiving this information, unless they apply to the Court within these 14 days to dispute the repayment.

    Disputing an invoice for repair costs

    An owner may only dispute an invoice if:

    • the owner was not notified of the need for repair or
    • the need for repair was the fault of the tenant or
    • because the tenant did not do as they should have done under their lease or
    • the tenant authorised and had urgent repairs carried out without waiting 24 hours for the owner to do it.

    The Court may order an owner to reimburse the tenant:

    • the full amount or
    • some of the invoice or
    • none of the invoice.

    This does not apply to boarding houses

    Updated: 02 Jul 2020