Rental changes due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions put some Territorians into financial difficulties. This resulted in the NT Government examining the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 and the Business Tenancies (Fair Dealings) Act 2003 to assist renters remaining in their rental properties for the duration of this crisis.

These measures generally cease at 11:59pm on 15 June 2022, as the Declaration of Public Health Emergency ends at that time.

Tenancy agreements signed on or after 16 June 2022 will be governed solely by the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 and as detailed in the Guide to Renting in the Northern Territory.

However, the modifications to the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 that existed during the COVID-19 public health emergency will generally continue to apply to those tenancy agreements that were signed before 16 June 2022, until the tenancy ends.

Further information about the changes from 16 June 2022 can be found in our Fact Sheet PDF (735.9 KB).

Modification Notices

Further information and fact sheets can be found by following the navigation links on this page.

COVID-19 Residential Tenancy Notices

The following residential tenancy notices have been modified due to the changes in the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 and are in force until the end of the declaration of the health emergency.

Form No.Title PDF file Word file
RT03 Notice by Landlord to Tenant to Remedy Breach of Agreement - Unpaid Rent PDF (715.4 KB) DOCX (379.5 KB)
RT04b Notice by Tenant to Landlord to Remedy Breach of Term of Agreement (Repairs or Maintenance) PDF (711.2 KB) DOCX (375.6 KB)
RT09 Notice of Requirement to Enter Premises by Landlord/Agent PDF (727.6 KB) DOCX (168.3 KB)

If you have any difficulties negotiating a suitable outcome or require further advice please contact the Northern Territory Consumer Affairs on: 1800 019 319 or (08) 8999 1999.

Our call centre is open each business day from 8:30am–4.00pm. You can also email us at:

Our call centre staff will be able to give you further advice, specific to your personal circumstances.

Government Gazette

Last Updated:
12 Aug 2022

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