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We're making rental properties safer and more energy efficient.

This drives down power bills for renters and keeps their homes warm in winter and cool in summer.

Consultation is open on proposed new minimum rental standards. These include requirements for ceiling insulation, draughtproofing, hot water efficiency and cooling.

Insulation and draughtproofing

Rental providers would need to ensure their property:

  • meets a minimum requirement for ceiling insulation where there isn't any already installed
  • has draught sealing, including weather seals on all external doors.

These upgrades could save renters around $567 per year off their energy bills.

Hot water, heating and cooling

The proposed new standards would also:

  • require rental providers to replace hot water and heating systems with energy efficient electric appliances when their current appliance reaches end of life
  • introduce a cooling requirement and 3-star cooling rating for systems in the main living area
  • introduce 4-star shower heads in all showers.

The installation of these heating and cooling systems that meet the new standard is expected to save renters $215 off their energy bill per year.

Existing support

Renters and rental providers can use the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program. This offers discounts to upgrade old gas appliances to more efficient electric appliances.

The introduction of enhanced minimum standards builds on existing rental minimum standards. These were introduced in 2021. They cover 14 categories including heating, bathrooms and kitchens, ventilation, and electrical safety.

The proposed new standards also include a requirement for blind cord anchors, improving safety. New standards will be phased in to allow rental providers adequate time to adjust and comply. They would need to comply from 30 October 2025.

To have your say on the proposed new minimum standards, visit

Page last updated: 06/06/24