A guide to renting in the Northern Territory
There has been important temporary changes to both the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 and the Business Tenancies (Fair Dealings) Act 2003 that may impact the advice and information provided on this page.
It is important that you first read a full explanation of these changes before you read or download information from this page. The new changes can be found here. If you need help determining how these changes affect your personal circumstances, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (08) 8999 1999 or 1800 019 319.
Consumer Affairs provides advice to tenants and landlord/agents of residential properties in the Northern Territory. The legislative rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords are outlined in the Residential Tenancies Act 1999.
The landlord/tenant relationship is usually harmonious but difficulties do arise, and sometimes landlords and tenants have different ideas of their respective rights and responsibilities.
Your rights and responsibilities as a landlord or tenant under the Northern Territory’s Residential Tenancies Act
This guide is to give landlords and tenants an overview of their rights and responsibilities under the Northern Territory Residential Tenancies Act 1999 (the Act). It is important to note that this information is not the Act itself.
Read the Residential Tenancies Act 1999.
Additional information on selected topics is contained in fact sheets available from the NT Consumer Affairs website.
A range of pro-forma notices are available to assist landlords and tenants, these include:
- Notices of intention to terminate
- Notice to remedy unpaid rent
- Notice of landlord’s intention to retain security deposit
- Notice of entry
- Notice of rent and/or security deposit increase
- Notice to remedy breaches
- Notice of storage of goods.
This guide summarises the law relating to residential tenancies in the Northern Territory, however, it is not the Residential Tenancies Act 1999.
The Act and any tenancy agreement are the legal documents relating to any residential tenancy. The information in this guide is provided for information and clarification purposes and is not intended as legal advice. If there are inconsistencies between the information set out in this guide and the Act, the Act prevails.
This work is copyright. It may be reproduced whole or in part subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source and no commercial usage or sale. Reproduction for purposes other than those included above, requires the written permission of the Northern Territory Government through the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice.
Requests and enquiries should be addressed to:
The Commissioner of Consumer Affairs
NT Consumer Affairs
GPO Box 40946
CASUARINA NT 0811.