This community law reform project addressed concerns that the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) had not kept up with changes to how agencies and landlords advertised properties online. Increasingly, advertisers published extensive interior and exterior photographs of their properties across a range of websites, sometimes including the possessions and clues to identity of their tenants. This project sought ways to balance the rights of landlords to advertise their properties with their tenants’ privacy and security rights.
A consultation paper published in June 2014 identified options for reform and asked for submissions. Further consultations across Victoria and 20 submissions fed into the final report tabled in Parliament in May 2015.