Residential tenancy law

Residential Tenancies affect most of us at some time in our lives, and are probably the most common form of contracts in Australia — 30 per cent of households are tenancies. 

They are also highly regulated and subject to their own rules. In the ACT, alongside residential tenancy agreements we now have occupancy agreements — the same sort of thing but different. 

Like most contracts, where everything goes smoothly, everyone is happy and the tenancy rarely has to be referred to. However, when things go wrong, there is a whole lot of law that comes into place.

The session will explain how a tenancy is supposed to work, what can go wrong, what is an occupancy agreement, how ACAT deals with disputes, and a number new changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that have just started or coming soon.

Details

  • This is a webinar. You will be sent a link when you register 
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD units in Core Area 4
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs

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For more information about online CPD, please contact Carissa on carissa.webster@actlawsociety.asn.au.

 

 

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Speakers

Peter Christensen

Peter Christensen is currently working as a lecturer in the School of Legal Practice at the ANU, and conducts a small private practice, where, amongst other things, he takes on residential tenancy matters. He has recently started with ACT Legal Aid's Tenants Advice Service working one day a week.   Peter has had a long experience is residential tenancies. He was a solicitor in community legal centres in then '90s  before he moved to the "dark side"as legal adviser to Housing ACT in early 2001.  He is also the co-author, with Alan Anforth and Chris Adkins of Residential Tenancies Law and Practice

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