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The reforms announced by the Andrews Government, give tenants more rights, will allow them to stay on longer leases and make bonds smaller and fairer, in response to a detailed review of the state’s Residential Tenancies Act.They also crack down on rental bidding, where tenants are forced to out-bid each other on rent, and limit rent increases to once a year, giving more long term security for renters.Critics said while estate agents will be prohibited from “soliciting” higher bids for rent, there was nothing to prevent renters from offering more.

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