Note: Although the form contains labels for a “lessor” and a “tenant”, these are only convenient terms – in subletting situations, the primary tenant should be mentioned as “lessor” and the tenant as “tenant”. The deposit cannot be increased during the lease, unless the Civil and Administrative Court of Victorian (VCAT) invents an order. If there is a written lease, you should get a copy before signing it. If necessary, seek advice before signing, especially if “additional terms” are attached. You must receive a copy of the agreement within 14 days of signing. In Victoria, a residential lease agreement can be written or oral. If the agreement is in writing, the standard form agreement provided by the Victorian government must be used. Whether the agreement is concluded in writing or orally, the same general conditions of sale apply. The standard form agreement provides the parties with space not only to fill in the relevant details, but it also lists some of the conditions that, under Victorian law, must apply to all agreements. The condition report can be used as conclusive proof of the condition of the property at the time of your move-in.

So before you sign and return a copy of the report, you should inspect the property and note any issues or problems on both copies, especially if your review matches that of the owner or agent, for example. B a stain on the carpet that has not been registered by the owner or agent. This is important because the status report can help you defend a deposit or a right to compensation for damage or cleaning costs at the end of your rental. Fixed-term contracts are safer because they make it harder for the owner to market you, but it can be expensive if you want to move before the fixed term expires. Only commit to a fixed-term contract if you are reasonably certain that you wish to stay for the duration of the contract. Before moving in, tenants and landlords must walk through the premises and note any damage. This written submission is called a status report. Both the landlord and the tenant should receive a copy of this report. It is also a good idea to take pictures or a video of the state of the premises.

This helps to interpret the status report in the event of a dispute at the end of the lease. . . .