Privacy and access

One right that the lease (residential tenancy agreement) creates for the tenant is the right to reasonable peace and privacy in the tenant’s use of the premises. If the real estate agent wants to enter the house or flat they must give you notice. The amount of notice the agent or landlord must give you is:

  • 7 days notice if they want to carry out an inspection. They can only do this once in every 3 months.
  • 24 hours notice to carry out or inspect necessary repairs.

If you as the tenant are planning to move out then the agent can show the place to prospective new buyers or tenants. But the agent must give you reasonable notice.  Prospective purchasers – 24 hours written or oral notice; Prospective tenants – 24 hours written or oral notice and can not be given earlier than 28 days before the termination of the agreement and only between 7am and 9pm.

The real estate agent can also enter the place if:

  • they believe that you have abandoned the place
  • there is an emergency
  • the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT)Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) has ordered access
  • you, the tenant agree.

Last Updated:
04 Jun 2019

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