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Darwin Community Legal Service is committed to ensuring tenants have a fair-go.

If you rent a property in the Northern Territory, your rights are protected by an act of law called the Residential Tenancies Act (NT). We believe that the Residential Tenancies Act (NT) in its current form does not protect tenants from the realities of renting in the Northern Territory.

One of our biggest concerns is the lack of regulations around Residential Tenancy Databases, also known as ‘blacklists’. Blacklists are operated by private businesses. Real Estates and landlords can place anyone on these blacklists for reasons that are sometimes unclear or not apparent. Currently, there are no laws relating to blacklists in the NT and tenants can find themselves blacklisted for life. This means that if you get blacklisted unfairly, or if there is an inaccurate listing; there is no simple, accessible way to make an appeal.

We believe that this is unfair, unjust and completely unreasonable. If we ever want a fair-go for tenants, we need to have proper rules and an impartial umpire to adjudicate RTD listings and balance the rights of both the landlord and tenant.

Follow our campaign on making the NT a fair and safe place to rent.

If you would like to know more about the campaign or want to support the campaign; either sign up below or contact our service on 8982-1111 or send us an e-mail at tas@dcls.org.au.

If you have a story about your renting experiences in the Northern Territory that you would like to share, send us an email at tas@dcls.org.au or share it below and someone from our team will be in contact.

We look forward to the NT being a fairer and safer place to rent.


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