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    The law relating to the rights and duties of landlords and tenants concerning residential premises : a re-assessment
    Bradbrook, Adrian John ( 1975)
    Despite its vital importance to a large segment of the Australian public, very little attention in the past has been given to the need for a review of the existing law relating to the renting of residential premises. Although a large body of consumer protection legislation has been enacted in recent years by the Australian Government and many States, no such protection has been extended to consumers in the rental housing market. Indeed, although piecemeal legislative changes have been made from time to time by each State, there has never been a systematic all embracing review of the legal rights and duties of landlord and tenants of residential premises covering tenancies both in the private sector and in the public sector. This thesis is designed to rectify this deficiency. It argues for the need for a fundamental re-assessment of three aspects of the rights and duties of landlords and tenants: the common law principles, supplemented by State legislation, which are applicable to those tenancies unaffected by rent control legislation; the existing systems of rent control in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia; and the relationship of three of the State Housing Commissions with their tenants. Changes in governmental policy are suggested where appropriate. The need for the various reforms and policy changes was dictated not only by library research but also by a' considerable, volume of field research undertaken in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide in the preparation of this study. The reforms suggested by the author represent a combination of original ideas and experience in other common law jurisdictions, especially the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The author has attempted to mould the reforms in such a manner as to preserve the most useful parts of the existing landlord-tenant law while abolishing those parts which have either outlived their usefulness or are unfair to one or both of the parties. The aim throughout has been to strike a fair balance between the rights and obligations of the landlord and the tenant.