RentRight SA’s housing advice and advocacy service is a free, independent service, helping people sustain their tenancies in private rental, community housing, rooming houses or public housing. This program is supported by the Government of South Australia, SA Housing Authority.
Our tenancy advisors are experiencing a higher volume of calls during this period. We will respond to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Tenancy Advisors are available from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday, call 1800 060 462.
Don’t leave it to the last minute. Contact the landlord/agent approximately 8 weeks prior to the end of the lease to find out if it will be renewed. If it is not renewed and you continue to remain in the property beyond the end of the lease you may be evicted.
For fixed term tenancies entered into on or after 1 March 2014 either the landlord or the tenant may terminate a fixed term agreement at the end of the term after giving at least 28 days’ written notice. If this notice is not given by either party, the agreement will continue as a periodic tenancy.
Yes, if it is written into your tenancy agreement the rent can be increased every 12 months provided you are given 60 days’ notice in writing or at the time of a lease renewal.
To have your bond refunded you need to come to an agreement with your Housing Provider. If an agreement isn’t reached you can dispute the bond claim. To find out about your bond status visit Residential Bonds Online or contact Consumer & Business Services on 13 18 82.
A shared tenancy is where two or more people are listed on the lease and share equal responsibilities for the tenancy.
A sub tenant/head tenant works differently where the sub-tenant treats the head tenant as their landlord.
A fixed term lease agreement is a contract that is legally binding, however, in some circumstances, you may be able to be ‘released’ from that contract early.
Always try to negotiate with your landlord/agent or housing provider first and see if you can come to some kind of mutual agreement – make sure any agreement is in writing.
If an agreement is not made, a tenant can apply to SACAT and ask the Tribunal to be released from the lease early on grounds of undue hardship, domestic violence or any other special circumstance. (financial penalties may be incurred)
If your name is on the lease you need to arrange for this to be removed prior to leaving the property. If this cannot be arranged you may be liable for any unpaid rent or damage that is caused to the property as long as your name remains on the lease.
Your Housing Provider has to give you 7 to 14 days’ notice of their intention to enter your property to inspect. However, they can attend without prior notification in the case of an emergency or to make urgent repairs.